Triple murder in Winnipeg

ROSS ROMANIUK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:21 AM ET

WINNIPEG - Three people were shot and killed early yesterday at a home in the Weston area, in the city's first triple-homicide in more than a decade.

Police are searching for a suspect who shot six people inside the two-storey house on Alexander Avenue -- killing two males and a female and wounding three other people -- shortly before 3:45 a.m.

Const. Jacqueline Chaput, a spokeswoman for Winnipeg police, said investigators have few leads and don't know whether more than one suspect was involved.

"We have no descriptions," she said. "Whether there was one, two, three -- we have no idea how many people are responsible."

She added police had not found a firearm at or near the home on Alexander's 1300-block, across the street from Weston School.

Police refused to reveal any information about those who were killed, except to say that one victim was a man in his early 20s. All three people slain were shot in the upper body.

Officers responded within six minutes of a 911 call from the house following the shooting, in which at least a couple of people in the house escaped without injury.

The wounded include a male shot in his midsection and a male and female shot in their upper bodies. All three survivors suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The shooting wasn't a result of "a party gone bad," Chaput said.

"We don't believe that the people responsible for this, or person responsible for this, was in the house before it happened," she said.

While officers scoured the house and a cordoned-off block around it for evidence yesterday morning, blood could be seen on the ground behind the home.

Jordie Williamson, 14, who lives next door to the house, said a family of "really kind people" -- including up to five children -- have lived there for years.

He said the home has no apparent ties to crime, though gangs are a problem in the district.

"This could have been like an execution," Williamson said, adding he's a friend of a boy in the family.

"Gangs around here -- they go from harsh to worse, and very deadly. I've had a couple friends who went on the wrong path like this, and a couple of them died."

The incident is Winnipeg's first triple-slaying since a gang-related killing of three men at a house on Semple Avenue in August 1996. Outside the city, Manitoba's most recent previous triple-homicide was a slaying of three family members in a farmhouse near St. Leon in November 2005.


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