Bullets were flying in downtown Winnipeg early Thursday, with a man believed to be a shooting victim going to hospital and a "projectile" hitting the Graham Avenue tower connected to police headquarters.
Police scoured the back lane behind the old St. Regis Hotel in the 200 block of Smith Street for evidence Thursday. They are also examining video surveillance and trying to interview witnesses, including a man in his 20s who went to hospital with an upper body injury that appeared to be a gunshot wound 30 minutes after shots rang out at about 1:10 a.m.
"There's no evidence to suggest Winnipeg police members were targets," Const. Jay Murray said at a police news conference Thursday.
A police cadet was leaving the headquarters at about 1:10 a.m. and heard the sound of shots fired from the north, Murray said. They were also heard by other police service members nearby. When officers went to investigate, they found evidence a firearm had been discharged and that someone had been injured.
"I don't think anyone that's leaving work expects to be faced with gunfire, and I think that applies to any type of work," Murray said. "This is a type of incident that can happen anywhere, and I think it speaks to the risk that gun violence shows to society," he said.
There's always a risk to those directly involved whenever there's gun violence, Murray said, "but we also have to recognize risks to bystanders in the area."
Murray couldn't say whether the shooting victim was co-operating with police, how many shots were fired or whether a gun was recovered.
By late Thursday morning, there had been no arrests. The major crimes unit is handling the case.
"It's a very fluid investigation," Murray said.
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