In a truth is stranger than fiction story, Winnipeg Police have confirmed the men shot to death in a double homicide at Johnny G’s Restaurant in the early morning hours of Wednesday, February 6, 2019, were not exactly victims, at least, not in the classical sense.
On Friday, February 8, 2019, the WPS issued a press release shedding light on what some are describing as a scene right out of Hollywood gangster movie.
On February 6, 2019, at approximately 1:30 a.m., police responded to a report of a shooting at Johnny G’s Restaurant at 172 Main Street.
Upon arrival, officers located two men suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.
The men were rushed to a hospital and both subsequently died of their injuries.
“In Canada I’m not aware of it ever having happened, we did a bit of research it looks like it’s happened in the States once or twice, but once or twice in the U.S. based on how many shootings there are is incredibly rare, as far as I can see its never happened in Canada.” WPS PIO Constable Rob Carver
At the time of the incident, the WPS Public Information Unit issued a press release indicating, “There is no additional threat to the public as a result of this incident.”
People with experience in these matters recognized there was much more to the story.
Police now say the investigation determined the deceased men died as a result of “simultaneous gunshots” directed towards each other.
Police indicate both firearms were recovered at the scene.
The deceased men were identified as;
- Anthony Brian Cromastey (30)
- Rodney Albert Kirton (25)
Police report that directly after the shooting, a third man at the scene assaulted Kirton.
The man was identified as;
- Braedon Lee Gordon (18)
Gordon was charged with assault causing bodily harm and was detained in custody.
Police say a staff member at the restaurant sustained a non-life threatening firearm-related injury during the shoot-out.
Police Information Officer Constable Rob Carver confirmed the incident was gang-related.
Carver indicated this kind of shooting is extremely rare;
“In Canada I’m not aware of it ever having happened, we did a bit of research it looks like it’s happened in the States once or twice, but once or twice in the U.S. based on how many shootings there are is incredibly rare, as far as I can see, its never happened in Canada.”
“So the two individuals were basically in a gunfight in a public restaurant and killed each other on the spot, or shot each other fatally on the spot.”
The deceased men in this incident are considered the 4th and 5th homicide victims of the year.
In 2018, the 4th homicide of the year was recorded on February 14th, while the 5th homicide of the year wasn’t recorded until April 4th.
In 2018, the City of Winnipeg recorded only three (3) firearm-related homicide cases.
As of today, the WPS has already investigated a total of four (4) firearm-related homicides.
It is somewhat unusual that someone would be charged with assault causing bodily harm to a deceased homicide victim.
During the press conference, Constable Carver explained that evidence suggests Gordon attacked and assaulted Kirton after the shooting but while he was still alive.
It will surely make for an interesting trial.
Lightning Strikes Twice
This is not the first time shots have rung out at this Johnny G’s Restaurant location.
On February 15, 2013, B-Side Gangster William “G-Money” Moar (24) was gunned down just before 2 a.m. in the popular drinking spot.
The shooting was captured on videotape.
The shooter was associated with the Mad Cowz street gang.
It’s unclear if the latest killings have any connection with the long history of precipitous gang violence.
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