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Teenager critically injured in shooting on Manitoba

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A teenage boy was rushed to hospital in critical condition after being shot this afternoon. 
Police officers remain on the scene of the shooting in the 600 block of Manitoba Avenue. No arrests have been made.

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A teenage boy was rushed to hospital in critical condition after being shot this afternoon. Police officers remain on the scene of the shooting in the 600 block of Manitoba Avenue. No arrests have been made. Photo Store

A teenage boy was rushed to hospital in critical condition after being shot this afternoon in Winnipeg's William Whyte neighbourhood.

The shooting occurred just after 2 p.m. in the 600 block of Manitoba Avenue. No arrests have been made.

Police have taped off one full block of Manitoba Avenue between McKenzie and Parr as well as a stretch of McKenzie. Police are asking motorists and pedestrians to avoid the area.

A number of officers are patrolling the area on foot as well as going to several houses to speak to residents.

Residents in the area said the shooting occured behind a known drug house. A man and a woman said they heard police were searching the area for a suspect.

"Nice, eh," said one woman, who did not want to give her name but said she had lived in her house, a couple of houses away from the crime scene, for nine years.

"Around here, if it's not a gun, it's a knife. That drug house over there, I've heard them say, 'if you don't pay, we'll shoot you.'"

Another man, who also preferred to remain anonymous but said he lives on Selkirk Avenue, said police were in the area on Sunday.

"There was a young kid running around with a gun on Selkirk Avenue yesterday but the police didn't catch him. There were too many kids around," he said.

Anyone with information on the shooting or the possible identity of a suspect is asked to contact investigators at 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

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Updated on Monday, April 7, 2014 at 4:16 PM CDT: Adds information from area residents.

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