RCMP arrest second teenager in connection with shooting on Long Plain First Nation
Published Saturday, February 2, 2013 3:33PM CST
Last Updated Thursday, February 7, 2013 11:24AM CST
Police have arrested another teenager in connection with a weekend shooting on the Long Plain First Nation.
The 15-year-old boy has been charged with attempted murder. Two 15-year-olds are now charged and in custody.
On Saturday, 41-year-old Barry Myran was shot in the head in his father’s home on the reserve. Myran is in critical condition at Health Sciences Centre.
Residents say youth violence is out of control in the community, south of Portage la Prairie.
Chris Yellowquill is the victim’s cousin. He says it's up to community leaders to set the tone on the reserve.
“If you're not behaving there's protocol that we have to take on the band and that relies on the authority of the band and the elected officials. That's their job,” Yellowquill told CTV News.
Long plain fire chief Randy Merrick says community leaders are doing all they can.
A rec centre was built last year to help youth positively channel their energy.
The band is also actively cracking down on drug use on the reserve.
Merrick says now the only thing that will help is 24-hour policing.
“Otherwise the door is wide open for any kind of criminal activity. They can do what they want and not face any consequences,” said Merrick.
The second teenager arrested is scheduled to appear in a Winnipeg court on Wednesday.