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North End stabbings send three to hospital on 'another crazy night'

Two separate incidents metres apart scare residents

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Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press
Police officers and cadets guard the scene of a stabbing on the 400 block of Manitoba Avenue Saturday afternoon.

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Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press Police officers and cadets guard the scene of a stabbing on the 400 block of Manitoba Avenue Saturday afternoon.

Two crime scenes within a block of each other in the North End were under close police guard hours after three men were found stabbed early Saturday morning.

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

Police would not say if the stabbings are gang-related.

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

'I heard a commotion a week ago and I saw a bunch of guys chasing each other with knives. It happens all the time.'

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.

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 at 4:30 a.m. for a report of a stabbing in the 400 block of Manitoba Avenue.

The victim in that stabbing was reported Saturday to still be in critical condition with life-threatening injuries.

Police tape extended around several homes in the middle of the 400 block of Manitoba, near Salter Street.

Police cars, marked and unmarked, guarded the perimeters. Blue paramedic's gloves lay scattered in the back lane behind the tape. In front, a pair of high-top leather shoes was 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 has always found it 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 Crime Stoppers at 204- 786-TIPS (8477).

alexandra.paul@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 30, 2013 A3

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