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Sunday, 30 March 2008

Gangs around here – they go from harsh to worse, and very deadly

Police are investigating a multiple shooting in a Winnipeg neighbourhood that has left three people dead and two others injured.
Const. Jacqueline Chaput confirms two males and a female were found dead in a home from gunshot wounds on Saturday morning. Two other men and woman were wounded, but are in stable condition in hospital.
The incident is Winnipeg's first triple-slaying since a gang-related killing of three men at a house in August 1996.
"It's a very rare occurrence . . . it's very disconcerting to us," Chaput said.
Chaput says a motive for the shootings isn't known and there are no suspects in custody.
Jordie Williamson, 14, who lives next door to the house, said a family of "really kind people," including up to five children, have lived there for years.
He said the home has no apparent ties to crime, although he said gangs are a problem in the district.
"Gangs around here – they go from harsh to worse, and very deadly," said Williamson.
"I've had a couple friends who went on the wrong path like this, and a couple of them died."
Police refused to reveal any information about those who were killed, except to say that one victim was a man in his early 20s. All three people slain were shot in the upper body."We have no descriptions," Chaput said. "Whether there was one, two, three – we have no idea how many people are responsible."Chaput said investigators do not believe the shooting was a result of a party that went bad, explaining that police don't think whoever was responsible was in the house before the shooting happened.In the 1996 triple-slaying, three men were shot execution-style inside a home as part of an ongoing battle between members of the Manitoba Warriors and associates of the Hells Angels.Two men were eventually convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years. A third accused was eventually acquitted by a jury.


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