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Police at the shooting scene in the 600 block of Manitoba Avenue near McKenzie Street Monday.

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Police at the shooting scene in the 600 block of Manitoba Avenue near McKenzie Street Monday. Photo Store

A teenage boy was rushed to hospital in critical condition after being shot Monday afternoon.

The shooting occurred just after 2 p.m. in the 600 block of Manitoba Avenue. No arrests have been made.

Police taped off one full block of Manitoba Avenue between McKenzie and Parr streets as well as a stretch of McKenzie.

Officers were patrolling the area on foot as well as going to several houses to speak to residents.

A man and a woman said they heard police were searching the area for a suspect.

Residents in the area said the shooting occurred behind a known drug house.

"Nice, eh," said one woman, who did not want to give her name but said she had lived in her house, a couple of houses away from the crime scene, for nine years.

"Around here, if it's not a gun, it's a knife. That drug house over there, I've heard them say, 'If you don't pay, we'll shoot you.'"

Another man, who preferred to remain anonymous but said he lives on Selkirk Avenue, said police were in the area on Sunday.

"There was a young kid running around with a gun on Selkirk Avenue yesterday but the police didn't catch him. There were too many kids around," he said.

Police were asking motorists and pedestrians to avoid the area.

Anyone with information on the shooting, or the possible identity of the suspect(s) is asked to contact investigators at 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

 

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 8, 2014 B4

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