WINNIPEG, MAN. – One or more shooters remain on the loose Sunday following three shootings in Winnipeg’s tough north end neighbourhood that left two men dead and one girl in critical condition.
Shots rang out in three locations of the William Whyte neighbourhood in a 35-minute span Saturday night, leaving residents in fear as police scrambled to find a suspect.
The next morning, police had few answers.
“We have no motive. We don’t have a grasp as to who may be responsible,” Constable Jason Michalyshen said. “We haven’t ruled out that there may be more than one (suspect).”
Police were still not certain that the shootings were connected, and were awaiting ballistics tests to see if the same firearm — a high-calibre one, was the only description Michalyshen would give — was used in all three incidents.
Witnesses had provided varying descriptions of suspects, ranging from 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet in height.
Some said a suspect was on a bike. Others reported seeing a person on foot. One witness told police a suspect was dressed as a ninja.
The victims, one of whom had yet to be identified, did not appear to be connected.
Police were trying to reassure residents of the crime-ridden area, some of whom told reporters that the shooter was randomly going from house-to-house, knocking on the door and shooting whoever answered.
Michalyshen said that was incorrect, because at least two of the shootings occurred outdoors.
Police believed the shootings were random, but were looking for any ties.
“We have to allow investigators to look at if there are any patterns with respect to these incidents,” Michalyshen said.
“Identifying who this individual or individuals are remains a high priority, and we’re hopeful that someone will be placed into custody soon.”