Firebombings believed linked to biker gang battle
Two firebombings on Sunday are believed to be linked to ongoing tensions between the Rock Machine and the Hells Angels' Redlined Support Crew, said Winnipeg police.
On Sunday afternoon, a home on Royal Avenue was firebombed. CTV News has learned the house is linked to a Redlined member.
Residents in the area spoke out about the incident.
"I wish it was somewhere else, not here, but I suppose everyone wishes it wasn't in their area," said Lorraine.
Hours prior to the fire on Royal Avenue, a St. Mary's Road business was hit. Crews were called to a fire at DC Automotive at 12:20 a.m. Sunday.
Court documents state that in January 2010 a member of the Rock Machine was "lured" to the same business and then attacked by several members of the Redlined Support Crew.
At the time, a veteran member of the police force warned the city could see incidents aimed at retribution.
The owner of DC Automotive denies any links to the Hells Angels, saying the only connection he has with any bikers is strictly related to selling parts. He said he's been unfairly targeted.
Winnipeg police's arson unit and organized crime unit continue to investigate the two incidents.
This past weekend's firebombings are the latest in a series of incidents believed to be gang related.
On July 4, a 14-year-old boy inside a residence on Taft Crescent was hit by gunfire. He was taken to hospital in stable condition.
A flare gun was fired at a house on Mighton Avenue on June 27, while on June 28 a home on Canberra Road and a house on Roy Avenue were both shot at.
On June 29, a house on Stranmillis Avenue was firebombed and shot at.
Officers continue to investigate, but so far no arrests have been made in any of the shootings or firebombings.
- with a report from CTV's Stacey Ashley