A 19-year-old man is recovering in hospital from a gunshot wound, two teens are in custody, and an 18-year-old remained at large Saturday after a shooting near the Dakota Community Centre on Friday night.
Winnipeg Police issued a request for public assistance in locating Carlin Dare on Saturday afternoon, stating the 18-year-old was one of three accused in a shooting that happened outside the St. Vital recreation complex around 1:30 a.m. on July 30.
Dare was considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached by the public, police said in a release. He was described as weighing 220 pounds and measuring six-feet-one.
Police said the 19-year-old victim was rushed to hospital by people he knew who were also on the grounds of the community centre campus at the time of the shooting. He was in stable condition as of Saturday afternoon.
A witness who spoke with the Free Press on the condition of anonymity said about six people gathered in a lot next to the Dakota Park forest that night to try and clear the air over a dispute between two groups.
The exchange quickly turned violent when two of the people in attendance revealed they were armed, the witness said, and at least one shot was fired before the victim and the people he was with fled the area to seek medical attention.
Police said officers arrested two male youths at the scene, both of whom are facing charges related to the incident.
One of the accused is charged with two counts of possessing a weapon, carrying a concealed weapon, and aggravated assault. The second accused is facing a charge of aggravated assault.
Winnipeg police were unable to provide further details about the incident on Saturday. Parts of the community centre campus that were closed during the investigation were opened late Friday, police noted.
Michele Augert, chief executive officer of the Dakota Community Centre and Jonathan Toews Sportsplex, said the incident is disturbing to everyone in the community and staff at the centre did not personally know the victim or the three accused.
The campus is also home to College Jean Sauve, the Dakota Splash Park and the Louis Riel Library.
"We have involved the police on multiple occasions after vandalism, damage, graffiti and upset neighbours have complained about these groups that have moved in late at night, particularly during the pandemic," Augert said in a statement to the Free Press.
"The Dakota Park campus is large and houses a forest, green spaces as well as several tenants in addition to the community centre... all have concerns regarding the activity that moves into the park and our outside spaces after hours and have shared (them) with police and city councillors."
"What happens, even in the dark hours of the night, leaves all of us with a concern for our neighborhood safety and the well-being of our cherished community spaces after business hours," Augert said.
Anyone with information that could assist police is asked to contact the major crimes unit at 204-986-6219, 911, or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-8477.
Danielle Da Silva
Danielle Da Silva is a general assignment reporter.