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Winnipeg police believe ongoing tensions between organized crime factions are behind the city’s latest homicide.

A 23-year-old man shot and killed outside a Main Street nightclub early Sunday morning has been identified as Rustom Vito Paclipan of Winnipeg.

Police said the shooting victim was one of three men shot around 2 a.m. outside Opera Ultralounge nightclub at the corner of Main and Bannatyne Avenue.

Investigators have determined a group of men was involved in a confrontation on the street, when one man pulled out a gun.

Paclipan, a graduate of Sisler High School who was, most recently, studying aircraft maintenance engineering at Red River College, died from his injuries, while two other men, aged 18 and 24, received non-life-threatening injuries during this incident.

No arrests have been made. Sources told the Free Press Monday that police are actively pursuing leads tied to gang conflicts in the city.

Police are also reviewing footage from surveillance cameras in the area.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Homicide investigators at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

This area of downtown Winnipeg is no stranger to violent incidents.

In April 2006, 24-year-old Ming Hong Huynh was stabbed to death outside the now-defunct Club Desire, which was then in the premises the Opera Ultralounge now occupies.

Norris Ponce, 31, and Carlos Tavares, 30, were found guilty of manslaughter in the death. Glen Sherman Monkman, 39, was found guilty of second-degree murder for knifing Huynh.

In November 2007, 24-year-old Jeff Engen was stabbed to death inside the Empire Cabaret, on Main Street in the same area as the Opera Ultralounge.

Matthew Wegier, 35, of Winnipeg was convicted of manslaughter in the death and Billy Bowden, 34, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the case.

The Empire Club closed soon after and never reopened. A different nightclub now occupies the same premises.

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Updated on Monday, May 5, 2014 at 12:23 PM CDT: Adds image.

12:40 PM: Updates with full writethru

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