Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Posted: 04/10/2013 11:56 AM | Comments: 0
Last Modified: 04/10/2013 12:57 PM | Updates
A bizarre shooting incident six years ago outside a Garry Street bar that injured five people has earned a young man a five-year prison sentence.
Arnold Lanuza, 30, had pleaded guilty to firing a semi-automatic handgun on a crowded street in what was described as an act of revenge against the bar after one of his friends was hospitalized earlier in the evening in a fight with a club bouncer.
Justice Joan McKelvey noted this morning that Lanuza had no prior criminal record and no criminal links, but added his actions that night "were dangerous and utterly senseless."
Court was told Lanuza intended only to shoot up the club's sign but lost control as the handgun recoiled and wildly fired seven shots in all directions.
McKelvey accepted the joint recommendation from Crown prosecutor Dale Harvey and defence counsel Roberta Campbell that Lanuza serve four years for criminal negligence causing bodily harm and an additional one year for possessing a prohibited weapon with ammunition.
One of the victims, a young woman who suffered the most severe injuries, submitted a victim impact statement which described how the shooting affected her.
"I can't even begin to describe how awful it was to be waiting for a safe ride home one minute, and be lying on the sidewalk in a pool of my own blood the next," said the woman, who was a third year commerce student at the University of Manitoba at the time, but had to quit her studies and her job and return to her Vancouver home after her release from hospital.
The main artery in the woman's arm was severed by a bullet and she continues to suffer pain where she was hit.
"To this day, I constantly have a fear that something bad will happen to me or someone I love...
"No matter how hard I try, I will never, ever get that horrific night out of my mind."
McKelvey said Lanuza was genuinely remorseful for his actions. He had been on bail for six years since being arrested and never breached his conditions.
Lanuza broke down in tears as he apologized to the court for his actions.
"I wish I could go back in time and undo what I did," Lanuza said as tears streamed down his face. "All the pain I caused all those people, there's no excuse.
"I just want to put it out there that I'm sorry for what I did."
Updated on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 12:57 PM CDT: corrects headline
Having problems with the form?Contact Us Directly
More than 300 drivers caught speeding in school zones
Man dies after vehicle rolls into water-filled ditch
Jets sign first-round draft pick
Wasylycia-Leis unveils four key pledges, but not all details
Sanders promises to 'turn over all the rocks at city hall,' engage citizens
Havixbeck would phase out malathion for biodegradable pesticide
Alleged pool peeper deemed mentally fit
Deadly drunk driver wants sentence reduced
Two teens arrested after truck stolen
Steeves takes aim at Wasylycia-Leis
Sex assault on teen earns handyman 3 1/2 year sentence
Rockin' CEO to speak/play at news cafe
Public to get look at six options for Lake Manitoba outlet
Bombers adding three board members
Police looking for two missing girls
Bowman pledges to finish rapid transit if elected
Toronto-area cyclist killed near Brandon
Weather forecast holds a mixed bag for back-to-school students
New fines coming for speeding past emergency vehicles
Ottawa's fiscal whims won't help new mayor
CUCM CEO announces retirement
Labour faces new challenges
City confidential: How Winnipeg's election campaign is shaping up
Roommate hunt led to decades of volunteer service
Book 'em? These days, students more likely to use online resources
Elementary schools get reduced-speed zones
Mighty tree of paranormality