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Police arrest man, 20, for gang shooting

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TENSIONS over a street gangster's defection led to him being blasted with a sawed-off shotgun and seriously wounded in the North End.

Winnipeg police said Monday they arrested a suspect for the attempted murder of a 23-year-old former MOB Squad member who was shot on Aberdeen Avenue around 4 a.m. Friday.

The shooting was sparked after the victim -- a member of the relatively new street gang -- chose to leave, a police source said Monday.

The MOB Squad is a splinter group of the Most Organized Brothers (MOB) gang.

The MOB appeared in late 2006 and has since grown to 100 members.

Police blamed the Aberdeen Avenue shooting to ongoing gang rivalry, but offered no other details. On Monday, the victim was in stable condition.

Tyler Joseph Stevenson, 20, faces charges of attempted murder, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and pointing a firearm.

At the time of the shooting, Stevenson was bound by an absolute curfew, wanted on an arrest warrant for skipping court last month and was subject to a gang response and suppression plan (GRASP) probation order.

GRASP is a law-enforcement and supervision program aimed at keeping chronic gang members in check while exposing them to programming.

The victim of the Aberdeen shooting has also been a GRASP client in the past, court records show.

Stevenson was last in court Oct. 9, a day after he was picked up at a Mountain Avenue home for alleged probation breaches.

Judge John Guy agreed to release him on conditions, including the 24-hour curfew and a $1,500 cash bond.

Prosecutors said Stevenson seems to be a "very proud member" of the MOB Squad.

 

-- James Turner

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 3, 2013 A6

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