Winnipeg police are asking for the public’s help in tracking down a vehicle seen at the site of an unsolved, fatal shooting in the West End this year.
Around the time Brett Cadieux, 23, was gunned down in the early-morning hours of March 12, a silver SUV was captured in traffic camera footage at an intersection near the scene.
Winnipeg Police Service homicide investigators believe tracking down the owner or driver of the vehicle could lead to a break in the case.
"We’ve had quite a bit of success over the last couple of years asking the media and public for help as we attempt to solve various types of crimes... We’re hoping we’ll have the same success with this one," WPS spokesman Const. Rob Carver said Thursday.
Cadieux was shot to death on the 1300 block of Ellice Avenue at about 1:15 a.m. March 12.
It marked the city’s eighth homicide of the year; the total has since risen to 13.
The Free Press has previously reported Cadieux had former gang ties and owed several hundred thousand dollars to various people in the city.
Court records show he had a lengthy record of passing bad cheques or defaulting on loan payments, and subsequently being sued in provincial court for significant sums of money. That pattern replayed itself with other people who never bothered to take Cadieux to court, sources told the Free Press.
“Typically, there are only a number of relators in a homicide: money, personal relationships. I was going to say gangs and drugs, but ultimately that just comes down to money.” -Const. Rob Carver
Carver declined to comment on whether financial issues could be a motive in the slaying.
"Those are always the elements that homicide investigators look at. They’re looking at every possible angle," he said.
"Typically, there are only a number of relaters in a homicide: money, personal relationships. I was going to say gangs and drugs, but, ultimately, that just comes down to money."
It remains unclear if investigators have uncovered video footage of the shooting, which is believed to have been targeted and took place in a public, commercial area.
Carver also declined comment when asked if suspects have been identified, citing a need to hold back such information.
"If there’s someone they’re looking at in a homicide, but they haven’t laid charges yet, that means that the case is still in a complex state," he said. "The last thing we want to do is indicate whether or not... someone may be a suspect."
In the past, homicide investigators have received important tips that moved cases forward following a request for public assistance, Carver said.
"I can confirm at this point, we have not made an arrest. It is an open, and at this point unsolved, homicide."
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