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McDermot Avenue shooting not random: police

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Winnipeg police say they don’t believe the public needs to worry about a gunman randomly shooting people in the city.

On Saturday at about 10:30 a.m., police cordoned off several blocks around a house in the 500 block of McDermot Avenue after reports that a man had been shot.

The 25-year-old victim suffered a gunshot wound to the upper body that was non-life threatening, police said.

Paramedics transported him to hospital. The shooting occurred near a convenience store in the 500 block of William Avenue. The victim reportedly travelled on foot south on Juno Street for two blocks to a rooming house on McDermot.

"I don’t think it’s completely random," Winnipeg police spokesman Const. Eric Hofley said of the shooting in broad daylight.

"It doesn’t appear to be Joe Citizen just walking down the street," Hofley said Sunday morning.

Investigators have spoken to the victim, but are not releasing any further details at this time, he said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact investigators at 204-986-6219 or CrimeStoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

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