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Man critical in shooting outside bar

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A man was taken to hospital following a shooting near a popular downtown Winnipeg bar early Thursday morning.

The incident happened just after 1 a.m. near the corner of Graham Avenue and Carlton Street. A disagreement outside the Tavern United escalated when a man pulled out a gun and fired at a group of people in the parking lot on that corner.

Osama Zeid was on the rooftop patio at Tavern when the shots rang out and saw the incident unfold.

"I thought it was fireworks or something. There were a lot of people in the parking lot," Zeid said. "I saw a guy limping and a silver car raced over to him, opened the passenger door and took off out of the parking lot.

"He was shot in the leg."

The victim was taken to hospital and was listed in critical condition Thursday morning.

Zeid said police had just arrived on the scene prior to the gunfire. With officers surrounding him, the shooter immediately surrendered.

"The guy dropped the gun and put his hands up right away when he saw the cops," Zeid said. "It was over just as fast as it started."

Six or seven shots were fired, and a few vehicles in the parking lot were hit by stray bullets.

Police had two suspects in custody overnight and continued to interview people at the scene Thursday.

No further details on the incident were provided. If you have any information regarding this incident and have not yet spoken with police, please contact investigators at 204-986-6219.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 11, 2014 B6

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