On June 24, 2013, at approximately 1:30 am member of the Winnipeg Police Service responded to the area of Sherbrook Street and Wolseley Avenue regarding the sound of shots.
The investigation revealed a firearm had been discharged in the direction of a parked vehicle striking one of the occupants. The suspect (s) fled and the victim made his way to hospital after sustaining serious injuries. A 17-year-old male victim remains in critical condition.
Investigators have obtained a Court Order authorizing the release of the identity of a youth suspect sought in connection with this incident.
Police indicate they have obtained a Canada-wide warrant for Attempt Murder x 2 for a young offender identified as Matthew Jonathon McKay (14) years.
Mckay is described as Aboriginal, 5’10”, 138 pounds, with brown hair, brown eyes. Mckay has the following tattoos:
- “B-Side” on his hands
- “BSCF” (B Side Crew Forever) on his neck
- “WB” (West Broadway) on his right inner forearm
The investigation is continuing by the WPS Major Crimes Unit.
Anyone with information about MCKAY‘s whereabouts is asked to contact investigators at 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8377).
It surprises me that people still express shock when young offenders use firearms in the commission of violent crimes on the streets of Winnipeg.
The prevalence of firearms and their use by criminal street gangs has exponentially increased over the last decade.
The use of “child soldiers” by adult street gang members has also increased and continues to be a concern to Law Enforcement.
The escalation of violent crime and conflict between the B-Side Crew & the Mad Cow street gangs was detailed in a recent Winnipeg Free Press report written by crime reporter James Turner in an article titled, “Teenager Named in Gang Shooting.”
The hostilities can be traced back to the summer of 2004 when rival gangs participated in a significant number of targeted shootings and fire bombings in a war waged to control turf. Those hostilities cumulated with the ambush murder of Mad Cow gang member Sirak “Shaggy” Okbazion (14) years.
The killing of Okbazion introduced the WPS Homicide Unit to a new brand of killer, the hard-core street gang member. These were street thugs who were heavily indoctrinated into the gangs, drugs, guns and money culture. Teens who would kill their street gang rivals for simply being on the wrong side of the tracks.
Brazen teens who lived by the “law of the jungle,” teens who weren’t afraid to show their contempt for Law Enforcement.
Some of the kids I met during the Okbazion investigation frightened me. As a skilled interrogator I took pride in my ability to break down some of the hardest offenders the City had to offer. The steel hardened exterior put up by these gangsters was simply impenetrable. Hours of interrogation spent trying to crack nuts that simply refused to break. These were cold-blooded, remorseless killers living in a hostile kill or be killed world.
I recall expressing my amazement and concern regarding the evolution of gangsters in the Winnipeg crime scene. The future was not bright. Homicide Investigation was sure to become a costly, laborious undertaking with dramatically reduced solvency rates if these “child soldiers” represented the future realities of crime on the streets of Winnipeg.
Many of us speculated we were going to need a lot more body bags if this trend continued.
Sadly, we were right.
The murder of Sirak Okbazion in 2004 set off a chain reaction that still has implications on the streets of Winnipeg in 2013.
On January 1, 2013, B-Side gangster Lloyd Robert Sarson (25) of Winnipeg was shot and killed in a back lane in Red Deer, Alberta. The shooter was identified as a seventeen (17) year old Winnipeg gangster who now stands charged with first degree murder.
On February 15, 2013, B-Side gangster William Edward Moar (24) aka “G-Money” was shot and killed at Johnny G’s restaurant on Main Street. Police subsequently charged rival gangsters Akech Dut Ajak (22), Morgan Van Bone (19) and a fifteen (15) year old Young Offender with first degree murder in the killing.
The Mckay shooting investigation is another clear indication that the hostilities are far from over.
Alas, the false promise of gang life manifests itself once again. That promise almost always ends on a cold steel slab in a morgue or behind the cold steel bars of a Federal Penitentiary.
A tragic ending either way.