Fatal shooting of teen believed to be targeted gang attack
A 16-year-old boy has died after a shooting in the West End on Tuesday afternoon. Police continue to look for suspects and say the shooting may have been a targeted gang attack.
A 13-year-old boy was also treated and released from hospital after being injured in the same shooting.
Officers were called to the 600 block of Toronto Street around 3 p.m. for reports of shots fired on Tuesday.
Neighbours said about six people were socializing outside a house when two armed men came by and started shooting.
CTV News has learned the 16-year-old victim was Kyle Earl. He was rushed to hospital in critical condition but died from injuries.
Officers said a friend of the two victims was armed with a gun and chased after the suspects.
Shots were fired back at the two suspects in the area of the 600 block of Agnes Street and two vehicles were hit. One of the vehicles had three people inside it at the time but none of them were hit.
"I'm thankful and the service is thankful that we are not reporting more injuries," said Const. Jason Michalyshen, a spokesperson for Winnipeg police.
Naomi Edwards lives in a home near where the shooting happened. She was lying on the couch when a stray bullet blasted through her window.
"Before I knew it, I was covered in glass and I kind of hopped up and I realized that wasn't a good idea, so I dropped to my stomach," said Edwards.
While police believe the shooting is gang-related, officers won't say yet what specifically led to the bloodshed.
Friends of the victims said there could be retaliation.
Some people in the area said members of the Indian Posse gang hang out at the residence where the victims were shot. CTV News has learned at least one of the victims had connections to the Manitoba Warriors gang.
Officers said a vehicle was spotted driving past the house shortly before the shooting. Two suspects got out of the vehicle and then started firing.
Police are searching for the suspects and so far no arrests have been made.
Anyone with information on the incident who has not already spoken to police is asked to contact investigators at 986-6508, or Crime Stoppers at 786-8477.
- with a report from CTV's Caroline Barghout