Winnipeg police have released video in the hopes the public can help with an investigation into a shooting that left a man in critical condition earlier this year.
Two men in their 20s were shot while sitting in an SUV near College Avenue and Arlington Street around 5:30 a.m. April 24.
One of the men sustained what police call “severe and life-altering injuries” while the other was treated and later released from hospital.
Detectives from the major crimes unit have been investigating the case for the past three months.
Warning video contains graphic content and audible gunshots:
On Tuesday police released surveillance video of the shooting and asked for the public’s help identifying a male suspect.
The 12-second video appears to be shot from a doorbell surveillance camera.
It appears to a white SUV parked on a residential street. The vehicle’s brake lights go on moments before several shots can be heard, and sparks can be seen flashing on the vehicle’s driver’s side. The SUV’s headlights turn on following the sound of shots and quickly drives forward, out of frame.
Winnipeg police spokesperson Const. Dani McKinnon said the men took themselves hospital with serious gunshot wounds, and police were notified.
She said investigators believe the shooting was targeted, but wouldn’t say whether or not it’s believed to be gang related.
“This is not considered a random event,” she said.
While the suspect can’t been seen in the video released Tuesday, and the footage is dark, McKinnon said police are still hopeful it might help to bring witnesses forward.
“It’s in the early morning hours — it’s 5:30 a.m. in April — so the light has not come up quite yet,” she acknowledged.
“However, as I mentioned, the suspect’s whereabouts prior to the incident and immediately after are extremely important.
“So the likelihood of people in this neighbourhood hearing the gunshots and being awakened and looking at windows, or perhaps if you’re out walking your dog or having a cigarette on the porch, you may not realize it, but you may inadvertently have seen this suspect.”
Investigators also released a sketch of the suspect, described as in his late teens or early twenties. Police say has dark hair and a medium build and was seen wearing a light-coloured hoodie.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 204-96-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS.