River City Violence Spiking – Police Investigate Exchange District Nightclub Murder

Exchange District Crime Scene – Photo JGJ

It seems there’s no end in sight for the violence gripping River City.

On November 2, 2019 at 1:30 a.m., several Winnipeg Police Service Units responded to a gun call at the Citizen Nightclub located at 291 Bannatyne Avenue in the Exchange District.

Upon arrival, officers located two adult males who had been shot.

One man sustained a gunshot wound to his lower body and was transported to hospital in stable condition while the second man was reported deceased on the scene.

The investigation is continuing by members of the WPS Homicide Unit.

Homicide Evidence Markers at Crime Scene – Photo JGJ

Police completely cordoned off Princess Street between William Ave and Bannatyne Avenue while forensic investigators conduct detailed analysis of the crime scene.

A total of eighteen (18) evidence markers were observed some of which denoted the following;

  • a white 4 door Nissan sedan with a smashed out rear driver’s side window
  • a blanket or article of clothing on the street
  • a pair of black sunglasses on the street
  • several unlit red cylindrical flares strewn about the street

No arrests have been made and the investigation is in its very early stages.

At a press conference, Police Public Information Officer Constable Rob Carver indicated a large number of people were inside the club at the time of the incident.

Carver asked that anyone who has cell phone video or still photographs taken during the evening to contact investigators at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-8477.


Monday, November 4, 2019

Police issue a news release indicating the victim has been identified as Jamshaid Wahabi (23) of Winnipeg.

Investigators continue to ask members of the public who attended the nightclub for cell phone video or still photographs to assist with the investigation.

The investigation continues…

Insider Commentary
Evidence Marks Exchange District Homicide – Photo JGJ

The man killed in this incident is the 38th reported homicide victim of the year in Winnipeg.

Of the 38 reported homicide cases investigated, police have solved all but 8 killings – the solvency rate currently stands at 79%.

In 2018, the City of Winnipeg recorded a total of twenty-two (22) homicide cases.

All but one of the cases from 2018 has been solved – solvency rate = 95%.

(The year over year increase to date 2018 – 2019 is a concerning 73%.)

In 2011, the City of Winnipeg recorded a record 41 homicide cases.

In 2011, the 38th homicide of the year was recorded on December 7th.

(It seems unlikely at this point that the all time homicide record will NOT be eclipsed this year.)

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2019 Homicide Statistics
Manner of Death
  • Shooting – 14
  • Stabbing –11
  • Blunt Force Trauma – 2
  • Not Disclosed – 11

Gender of Victims;

  • Male – 32
  • Female – 6

2019 Homicide by the Month

  • January – 3
  • February – 2
  • March – 6
  • April – 2
  • May – 6
  • June – 5
  • July – 1
  • August – 3
  • September – 1
  • October – 8
  • November – 1

2011 Homicide by the Month

  • January – 3
  • February – 4
  • March – 2
  • April – 2
  • May – 5
  • June – 1
  • July – 6 – (Includes an incident where 5 people died in an arson-related incident.)
  • August – 6
  • September – 4
  • October – 2
  • November – 1
  • December – 5

One Comment

  1. Crazy Winnipeg!! Time to leave!! If it isn’t the most crime ridden big city, it is a crime ridden Urban reserve!! Scary to be here even while riding a bus. I won’t go down town anymore unless it is for appointments. Even the burbs are insane! And isn’t the number of homicides riding around 42 now? Have we beat the original stats??

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