The Winnipeg Police Service is now investigating the twenty-third (23) homicide of the year.
That’s a big number considering the WPS Homicide Unit only investigated twenty-two (22) killings all of last year.
The latest killing has been attributed to gun violence, a disturbing trend for River City.
On June 17, 2019 at approximately 5:50 a.m., police responded to a report of a man shot in the 500 block of Agnes Street.
On arrival, police located an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound.
Officers immediately began first aid and subsequently turned the victim over to EMS who rushed the man to hospital in critical condition.
The man subsequently died from his injuries.
Police indicate no arrests have been made and did not provide a motive for the attack.
The victim has yet to be identified.
Public Information Officer Constable Rob Carver was somewhat cryptic in his response to media questions indicating the killing may not have been entirely random.
History tells us firearm related homicide is often linked to criminal street gang violence.
Look for more clarity regarding motive in the coming days.
Police are asking anyone with information to call investigators at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-8477.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
The WPS issues a press release identifying the victim in this matter as Chad McKenzie (23) of Winnipeg.
No other information was released.
In 2018, as previously indicated, the City of Winnipeg recorded a total of twenty-two (22) homicide cases.
In 2011, the City of Winnipeg recorded a record 41 homicide cases.
In 2011, the 23rd homicide of the year was recorded on the 19th day of July.
Statistics tell us rising firearm related homicide is a disturbing trend in Winnipeg.
(Don’t forget, we have 197 days remaining in this calendar year.)
In 2019, to date, the WPS has investigated a total of nine (9) firearm related homicide cases.
In 2018, the WPS investigated a total of three (3) firearm-related homicide cases, a 57% decrease from the previous year.
In 2017, police investigated a total of seven (7) firearm-related homicide cases.
In 2016, police investigated a total of five (5) firearm-related homicide cases.
2019 Homicide Statistics
Manner of Death
- Shooting – 9
- Stabbing – 8
- Blunt Force Trauma – 2
- Not Disclosed – 4
Gender of Victims;
- Male – 20
- Female – 3