Teen arrested, charged in connection to multiple firearm incidents: Winnipeg police

A teen has been arrested and charged in connection to multiple firearm incidents, according to Winnipeg police.

On Thursday at 4:48 a.m., officers went to the 500 block of Spence Street for a report of shots that were heard.

Upon arrival, they found a male suspect wearing a balaclava and standing near an open rear door of a taxi cab parked in the middle of the road.

The suspect ignored police demands and a taser was used to take him into custody, police say.

Two firearms were recovered from the back seat of the taxi – a sawed-off .22 calibre rifle and an improvised firing device resembling a handgun. Ammunition was also seized.

Officers also located a nearby residence that had been shot several times while occupied by an individual known to the suspect, but there were no reported injuries.

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Investigators believe the suspect had been involved in several other firearm-related incidents over the past month leading to the shooting on Spence Street.

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On Sept. 29 at 3:30 a.m., a man in his 50s was shot and sprayed with bear spray after a group forced their way into a suite in the 400 block of Sherbrook Street.

The man was taken to the hospital in critical condition but later upgraded to stable.

An hour or so later, a group forced their way into a residence in the first 100 block of Westgrove Way.

A woman in her 30s had a firearm pointed at her, and a demand was made for her property.

Bear spray was also discharged inside the house, affecting numerous people, including small children.

On Oct. 11 at 8:21 p.m. a man in his 20s was driving in the 600 block of Alfred Avenue when a nearby cyclist pulled out a sawed-off rifle and fired it, striking the front windshield. The man was not injured.

On Oct. 20 at 3:46 a.m., the door of an apartment suite in the 300 block of Mountain Avenue was shot several times. There were no reported injuries.

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That same day at 4:26 a.m., a taxi driver picked up a fare in the 300 block of Mountain Avenue.

As they drove away, the passenger produced a sawed-off rifle and fired it at a nearby apartment building, police say.

Consequently, a 17-year-old boy is facing multiple charges and has been detained in custody.

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