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Gang spat cited in repeat shooting

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Bullet holes marked by police are seen on the exterior of a home on Seven Oaks Avenue.


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Street-gang feuding was the backdrop to public gunplay that 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 towards the city's south end. It crashed into a snowbank near Bairdmore Boulevard and Beaufort Crescent and two men inside fled.

Two men were arrested after a chase, with help from a police dog. Each was checked out in hospital and then taken to the Public Safety Building.

Ahmadzai is accused of flight from police. Each suspect faces more than 30 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 years-long mandatory minimum prison sentences upon conviction.

Police have 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.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 3, 2014 A7

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