Winnipeg City Councillor Scott Fielding’s optimism for reduced violent crime in Winnipeg has suffered another major blow after gunfire on Main Street claimed the Cities ninth (9th) Homicide victim of 2014.
The bad news comes only a few days after Winnipeg recorded it’s fifth (5th) murder in the month of April.
Sources indicate one person was killed and a second person was injured in the incident.
Police Public Information Officer Constable Jason Michalyshen advised Police responded to the area of Main Street & Bannatyne Ave at approximately 2:00 am regarding a report of a firearm discharge.
On arrival, Police determined a groups of males had been involved in a confrontation that resulted in a male victim in his twenties being transported to hospital. Police report the victim subsequently died in hospital. The cause of death will be determined once an autopsy is completed.
Members of the WPS Homicide Unit are continuing the investigation.
Michalyshen indicates investigators are looking into the possibility more victims may be connected to the incident.
The identity of the deceased is being withheld pending the notification of next of kin.
Police have not confirmed if any arrests have been made.
Police Officers and Forensic Investigators were observed protecting and documenting evidence strewn about the crime scene in front of the Opera Ultralounge at 441 Main Street. A significant number of evidence markers were observed denoting a baseball hat, beverage containers and other evidence.
Police have solved six (6) of the nine (9) homicides recorded this year.
Previous dates when Winnipeg recorded the 9th Homicide of the year:
2013 – June 25
2012 – Mar 31
2011 – Mar 24 (Record Year – 41 Homicides)
2010 – July 4
2009 – May 23
2008 – Mar 29
2007 – Apr 19
2006 – June 2
2005 – June 6
2004 – May 8 (Previous Record Year – 34 Homicides 100% solvency)