Winnipeg Police want help finding violent crime suspects

The Winnipeg Police are turning to the public for assistance tracking down some suspects in three separate violent incidents.

The most recent was the shooting last night of a 20 year old man.  Police say he was in a group of several other men who had gathered in the area of Sargent Avenue and Young Street when an altercation took a dangerous turn as one man produced and then fired a gun.

The victim was hit in the upper body and has since received medical care.

The other incidents are less recent, one dating back to Valentine’s Day this year.  Police were called out about 2:00 AM to a hotel in the 700 block of Maryland where one man attacked another with a beer bottle.  Nearby kitchen equipment also received damage during their fight.

Police have released surveillance photos (below) of the alleged assailant.  He’s described as Aboriginal in appearance, about 5’10” tall and weighing 200 pounds.  He also has short dark hair and a scar on his cheek.

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The third incident dates of March 1, again in a hotel bar room in the 700 block of Maryland.  This time, a 60 year old man ended up with serious upper body injuries.

Two suspects are wanted.  The first (below, left) is said to be in his 20s and has short dark hair.  At the time of the attack, he was wearing a t-shirt with the word “Playa” on the front.  The second suspect (below, right) is also believed to be in his 20’s and was wearing a dark toque and dark clothing when the attack occurred.

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Anyone with information about the assaults is asked to contact the District 11 Crime Unit by calling 204-986-6668.  Information relevant to last night’s shooting can be directed to the Major Crimes Unit at 204-986-6219.  Calls regarding any of the three incidents can also be directed to Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

— Garth Hilderman

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