On May 12, 2016, at approximately 6:30 pm, emergency services personnel responded to a report of a man shot in the 600 block of Wellington Ave.
On arrival, an adult male suffering a gunshot wound to the upper body was located in a residence at this location.
The man was rushed to hospital but was later pronounced deceased.
The victim has been identified as George Prieston (29) of Winnipeg.
Police advised a dog belonging to the victim was also shot and killed during the incident.
Witnesses to the incident reported a military-style assault rifle with a high capacity magazine was used in the incident.
Patrol Officers responding to the incident located a number of suspects in the area. Two (2) adult males have been arrested and will face charges of;
- First Degree Murder
- Fail to Comply with Recognizance x 2
- Cruelty to Animals
Police did not identify the accused killers.
Cause of death will be determined pending autopsy.
Prieston is the 11th reported homicide victim in Winnipeg this year.
Last year, the 11th homicide was recorded on May 19th.
Police indicate the investigation is continuing by the WPS Homicide Unit. Anyone with information that may assist the investigation is asked to call 204-986-7983 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).
Police sources indicate the killing may have some form of street gang involvement.
Manitoba Warriors gang tags can be seen on buildings in the vicinity of the murder.
Police have not made comment regarding motive.
Expect the WPS to identify the accused killers once charges are officially laid.
Police sources indicate Detectives are still looking for an additional suspect (s) in the case.
The WPS Homicide Unit has solved all but one case so far this year – solvency rate = 90.9%
- Male – 7
- Female – 4
- Male – 10
- Female – 7
- Blunt Force – 6
- Stabbing – 3
- Shooting – 2
Front page photo depicts homicide victim George Prieston featured in a Crime Stoppers Most Wanted Poster circa September 2012.