Maryland Street shooting accidental and self-inflicted, Winnipeg police say

Photo of a Winnipeg Police Service shoulder badge on an officer in Winnipeg. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Two Winnipeggers, 17 and 18 years old, are facing charges while a third, 19, is in hospital after accidentally shooting himself, police said.

The incident took place around noon Tuesday in the 600 block of Maryland Street. Police said they arrived on scene and found a man with a lower-body gunshot wound, who was taken to hospital in stable condition.

Police were initially told the victim was shot by two unknown men, but their investigation revealed that the injured man, along with the other two teens, had confronted two other men in the lane behind Maryland Street, and when he pulled out a concealed handgun, he accidentally shot himself.

The weapon, police said, was hidden in a nearby suite, where investigators found two firearms and 40 rounds of ammunition.

Story continues below advertisement

The 17- and 18-year-old are facing charges of storing a firearm or restricted weapon contrary to regulations.

Click to play video: 'Accidental shooting at Alexander Avenue apartment sends man to hospital'
Accidental shooting at Alexander Avenue apartment sends man to hospital

Sponsored content