Shots Fired – WPS Homicide Unit Investigating

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Members of the Winnipeg Police Service’s Homicide Unit are investigating after shots rang out in the early morning hours Saturday, November 26, 2016.

Police indicate they received reports of shots fired in the area of Donald Street and Stradbrook Ave at approximately 3:00 a.m.

Upon arrival, officers located two men suffering from gunshot wounds.

Both men were transported to hospital in critical condition.

Police and Cadet Units closed Donald Street between McMillan Ave and River Ave causing significant morning traffic delays.

At an 11:00 a.m. press conference, police spokesperson Constable Rob Carver provided an update suggesting the shooting was not random.  He also confirmed the victims both remain in critical condition.

As the investigation is in its early stages, further information was not released.

Carver would not confirm or deny information that suggests one of the victims succumbed to his injuries.

Insider Commentary

The WPS Homicide Unit is generally not called out to investigate unless a victim of a violent crime is not expected to survive.

That said, miracles of modern medicine combined with the exceptional work of people in the medical profession do occur.

The last reported homicide in Winnipeg occurred on October 6, 2016, some fifty-one days ago.

The WPS Homicide Unit has investigated 20 homicides this year – a total of three cases remain unsolved.

Last year, the WPS investigated a total of 23 homicides – two of those cases remain unsolved.

2016 Homicides – Manner of Death

  • Blunt Force – 10
  • Stabbing – 5
  • Shooting – 3
  • Arson – 2

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