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Late night police were on the scene on Young Street near Sargent Ave.

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A shooting in the West End Wednesday night which left a young man injured may be linked to a gang dispute, police say.

However getting to the bottom of the shooting at Young Street and Sargent Avenue around 8:45 p.m. may be difficult because the victim, 20, isn't being overly forthcoming with investigators.

Officers only learned someone had been injured after the 20-year-old victim went to hospital and staff  notified police due to the suspicious nature of his wound.

He was treated and released for an upper-body injury, Const. Jason Michalyshen said this morning.

Some of the players police have spoken with — including the victim — have ties to a street gang, police said. Few other details were available and Michalyshen said he couldn't say if it was an internal gang dispute which led to the gunplay.

"We don't have all of the facts," he said.

He pledged that investigators would still make efforts to find who pulled the trigger, as it was a "hazardous situation" involving gunplay in a community.

Anyone with information is asked to call the major crimes unit at 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

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