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Three men stabbed overnight in North End

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Cadets guard the scene of a stabbing in the 400 block of Pritchard Avenue Saturday.

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Cadets guard the scene of a stabbing in the 400 block of Pritchard Avenue Saturday. Photo Store

Two crime scenes within a block of each other in Winnipeg’s North End were under close police guard, hours after three men were found stabbed.

Two men were reported in critical condition and another man was upgraded to stable condition Saturday after the separate incidents overnight.

Homicide detectives were investigating both stabbings and police released very little information on the circumstances of the attacks this weekend.

There was no word on whether they are related to gang violence.

"This investigation is in the early stages and is continuing," police said in a statement Saturday.

Officers were called to Pritchard Avenue about 2:15 a.m. where they found two men with life-threatening stab wounds in the 400 block. Both men were initially reported in critical condition but by mid-morning doctors had upgraded the status of one of them, to stable condition.

Police guarding one house at 402 Pritchard Saturday after the victims were taken to hospital. The crime scene was located in the block immediately east of Salter Street but neighbours had little to say about yellow tape that cordoned off the two-storey house.

A little over two hours after the stabbings on Pritchard, police were called back to the North End for a report of a second stabbing, this time in the 400 block of Manitoba Avenue, at 4:30 a.m.

Again homicide detectives were called out. The victim in that stabbing was reported Saturday to still be in critical condition with life-threatening injuries.

That scene by late morning still commanded a strong police presence, with crime tape extending around several homes in the middle of the 400 block on Manitoba, immediately west of Salter.

Police cars, marked and unmarked, guarded the perimeters front and back. Blue paramedics gloves lay scattered in the back lane way behind the tape. In front, a pair of high-top leather shoes were discarded a metre or more apart on the grassy boulevard in the middle of the crime scene.

As noon approached, one neighbour looked over at the heavy police presence and said in his neighbourhood that’s a bad sign. Police don’t stay on a scene that long unless they expect a poor outcome for the victim.

"If it’s taped up this long, it must be bad," the man said. He didn’t give his name but said he grew up on the street and it’s always been a violent neighourhood.

"I heard a commotion a week ago and I saw a bunch of guys chasing each other with knives," he said. "It happens all the time. Another crazy night."

Police issued a statement asking witnesses to step forward in the two stabbings.

Anyone who has any information is asked to contact the homicide unit at (204) 986-6508 or CrimeStoppers at (204) 786-TIPS (8477).

alexandra.paul@freepress.mb.ca

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Updated on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 10:42 AM CDT: Updated story, headline

1:30 PM: Photo added

2:40 PM: Added art

2:44 PM: Edit cutline

2:47 PM: Story updated

2:52 PM: Headline changed, story edited.

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