The Winnipeg Police Service has confirmed a “shots fired” call has now morphed into a homicide investigation.
On November 26, 2016 at approximately 3:00 a.m., police responded to a shots fired call in the area of Donald Street and Stradbrook Ave.
Upon arrival, officers located two male victims suffering from apparent gun shot wounds.
Both victims were rushed to hospital where they were initially listed in critical condition.
Police now report one of the men succumbed to his injuries.
The victim was identified as Theodoros Belayneh (32) of Edmonton, Alberta.
The second victim has been upgraded to stable condition and is expected to survive. The man was not identified.
Belayneh is the 21st reported victim of homicide in Winnipeg this year.
No arrests have been made.
Police indicate the investigation is continuing by members of the Homicide Unit and are requesting anyone with information to call investigators at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-8477.
It seems the victim Belayneh was previously known to Police.
In May 2014, he was arrested and charged with over 45 weapon related offences after a t-stop in Winnipeg.
According to WPS spokesperson Constable Rob Carver, the charges are still pending.
The last reported homicide in Winnipeg occurred on October 6, 2016, some 51 days ago.
The WPS Homicide Unit has investigated 21 homicides this year – a total of four cases remain unsolved – solvency rate 81%.
Last year, the WPS investigated a total of 23 homicides – two of those cases remain unsolved.
2016 Homicides – Manner of Death
Blunt Force – 10
Stabbing – 5
Shooting – 4
Arson – 2