Not the sharpest knives in drawer
FIRST they faced down a sawed-off shotgun with a toy pistol. Then while playing with the shotgun in their vehicle, it went off, damaging the door.
Now, three men are in custody facing several weapon and drug charges.
"I hate to use the word stupidity, but I will. People were at risk," Winnipeg police spokesman Const. Jason Michalyshen said Monday.
"We're thankful the only injury is to the door."
Michalyshen said the incident began on Sunday as two men were doing a drug transaction inside a Honda CRV in Garden City when a third unknown man came up and confronted them with a sawed-off shotgun.
Michalyshen said when one of the two men pulled out a replica handgun and challenged the man, he dropped the shotgun and ran.
The two men then drove downtown with the shotgun and picked up another man. While in the 200 block of Portage Avenue, near Dominion News, the three men began handling the shotgun and accidentally fired it into the door.
Elie gas bar robbed
RCMP are asking the public's help in catching a man who robbed a gas station on the Trans-Canada Highway in Elie Saturday night.
Headingley RCMP said on Monday a man entered the gas station armed with a handgun at about 8 p.m.
RCMP said the man took cash and lottery tickets before taking off in a vehicle waiting outside.
The man is described as 5-10, medium build and wearing all black clothing. The man's head was shaved and under his right cheekbone there was a discolouration.
Anyone with any information is asked to call Headingley RCMP at 204-888-0358, or Manitoba Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
AIR1 helps nab BB-gun vandal
THE Winnipeg Police Service's helicopter is being credited with helping snare a teenager who shot out the windows of several parked vehicles in Elmwood.
Winnipeg police spokesman Const. Jason Michalyshen said on Monday that AIR1 was called, as well as uniform patrol and the service's tactical support team, after residents began calling to say their windows were shot out by a BB gun on Sunday at about 1:55 a.m.
Michalyshen said the helicopter crew spotted a vehicle on the Redwood Bridge heading to the North End and notified ground units, which quickly stopped it.
A 17-year-old youth is facing five counts of mischief under $5,000 and possession of a dangerous weapon.