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SHOTS FIRED – Victim in Critical

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On June 24, 2013, at approximately 1:30 am, members of the Winnipeg Police Service responded to the area of Sherbrook Street and Wolseley Ave regarding the sound of gun fire.

Police report that gun fire resulted in injuries for an unidentified male who is currently listed in critical condition.

Members of the Major Crimes Unit are currently leading the investigation and Police are maintaining a presence in the area.

Police are asking that anyone with information regarding the shooting contact investigators at 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-8477.

INSIDER COMMENTARY:

When serious shootings such as this occur, an assessment is made regarding the potential for the case to evolve into a Homicide Investigation.  When death is imminent, members of the Homicide Unit are called to investigate.  When a prognosis is in question, investigators from the Major Crimes Unit are often called to conduct the investigation.

Major Crimes Detectives often investigate Homicide cases when the Homicide Unit is tied up on a new case or if they have worked a case for a lengthy period of continuous overtime.

So far in 2013, the WPS have recorded a total of nine (9) homicides.

In 2012, the WPS recorded a total of seventeen (17) killings by this time in June.

2 Comments

  1. Nothing wrong with feeling encouraged by decreasing Homicide numbers.

    Unfortunately, I don’t think we can read to much into these statistics just yet. In 2004 the WPS recorded a total of 13 Homicides by June 24th and went on to a post record number of 34 killings that year. In 2009 the WPS recorded 6 murders in the first month of the year and didn’t record another killing until April 10 that year. The year ended with 30 Homicides.

    The statistics suggest our year end totals for 2013 should be around 18 Homicides. Even though I am an eternal optimist, I doubt those numbers will become our reality.

    Even if we did keep those numbers down for 2013, the true test will be in our ability to sustain those low numbers for more than just one year. Homicide trends must be measured over years not days or months.

    “Crime prevention through social development,” the experiment continues…..

    Thanks for your comments….

  2. Hi James:

    Noticing that the homicide rate, represented as a percentage, is down significantly from last year. I sure you’ve looked at these sorts of statistics a lot from year to year; is there any significance to this number within the sample size? Does it help us understand where we stand in the fight against violent crime? Am I wrong if I find this encouraging?

    regards,
    Darrell Horn

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