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Shootings may be linked to Facebook threats

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Social media animosity may have sparked a recent outburst of gun violence in West Kildonan that saw the same house shot up twice in less than two days.

Facebook postings obtained by the Free Press through sources show that weeks before a home on Seven Oaks Avenue was shot up, a man who was free on bail and required to live at that address posted a picture of an intimidating-looking shotgun with the caption "RIP Tameem."

The caption is a reference to Tamim Ahmadzai, 18, a suspected street gang associate now facing serious weapons-related charges in connection to the drive-by shootings.

Ahmadzai soon after responded: "dawg, you think a gun scares me ahahhaha remember where I'm from oii (sic)," according to screen captures of the postings forwarded to the Free Press.

"I'll put you in a box," the young man linked to the Seven Oaks residence replied soon after.

A source said information about the gun picture and animosity between the two men was reported to Winnipeg police weeks prior to the shootings, which happened early on March 31 and April 1.

The home was left riddled with bullet holes in the early-morning shootings but there were no injuries.

After the second shooting, an SUV was seen leaving the immediate area, police previously said.

Soon after, police spotted a 2007 Ford Explorer near Portage Avenue and Vaughan Street.

As police approached, the SUV sped off.

Officers pursued the vehicle as it travelled towards the city’s south end.

It crashed into a snowbank near Bairdmore Boulevard and Beaufort Crescent and two men inside fled.

The suspects were arrested after a foot chase and with help from a police dog. Each were checked out in hospital and then taken to the Public Safety Building.

Ahmadzai and Hamed Shahnawaz, 24, are charged. They are presumed innocent.


Updated on Friday, May 2, 2014 at 9:12 PM CDT: Fixes typo in quote, clarifies headline.

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