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Police nab pair in connection to shots fired in West Kildonan

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Winnipeg police mark bullet holes in a house in the 500 block of Seven Oaks Avenue which, for the second morning in a row, was shot at, with bullets penetrating the front wall and picture window.


Winnipeg police mark bullet holes in a house in the 500 block of Seven Oaks Avenue which, for the second morning in a row, was shot at, with bullets penetrating the front wall and picture window. Photo Store

Street-gang feuding was the sinister backdrop to brazen gunplay which saw the same West Kildonan home shot up twice in 24 hours.

"It looks like that's an aggravating factor in this case," Det. Sgt. Natalie Aitken said Wednesday.

Police announced the arrests of two men, Tamim Ahmadzai, 18 and Hamed Shahnawaz, 24, in connection to early-morning shootings Tuesday and Monday that left the exterior of a Seven Oaks Avenue home riddled with bullet holes.

There were no reported injuries.

Tuesday's shooting occurred just after 4 a.m.

An SUV was seen leaving the immediate area, police 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 wended 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 is accused of flight from police, an indication he was behind the wheel at the time of the chase.

Each suspect faces more than thirty charges stemming from Tuesday's shooting and a similar event at the same home around the same time Monday morning.

Some of the offences the men now face carry with them years-long mandatory minimum prison sentences upon conviction.

Police declined to identify the gangs they believe are involved in the feud.

Investigators don't believe a Tuesday morning shooting in the 100 block of Walnut Street is related, said Aitken.



Updated on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 8:14 AM CDT: Adds photo

11:14 AM: Updates with information on arrests.

April 2, 2014 at 11:44 AM: Updates information on arrests.

2:59 PM: Writethru

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