1 person shot in West End restaurant parking lot, owner says

Winnipeg police continue to investigate the scene of what they call a "serious incident" on Sargent Avenue outside the BlueNile Restaurant.

Police block off sidewalk, area outside businesses in 500 block of Sargent Avenue

The owner of the BlueNile said his restaurant surveillance cameras caught a shooting unfold outside of the restaurant early Saturday morning. (Wendy Buelow/CBC)

The owner of the BlueNile Restaurant & Hookah Lounge on Sargent Avenue says police are investigating a shooting that sent one person to hospital early Saturday morning.

Police were called to the 500 block of Sargent Avenue just before 3:30 a.m. Saturday. Police cruisers and investigators were seen in the area well into Saturday afternoon.
Police tape was stretched across a sidewalk near a few business in the 500 block of Sargent Avenue Saturday. (Wendy Buelow/CBC)

Police haven't released any other details, only saying they are investigating a "serious incident."

Girma Tessema, the owner of the restaurant, said the shooting happened in the parking lot outside of his building and that his staff is co-operating with police. The area has had issues with violent crime in the past.

In February of 2015, four people were arrested after four others were sent to hospital following a stabbing at the restaurant.

In November of 2015, police were called after shots were fired outside the restaurant.

"It's bad luck," Tessema said, adding the incidents in the area are hurting the reputation of his family-operated business.

Tessema said surveillance video from his business on Saturday night has been turned over to police.

The condition of the shooting victim is not known.

No other details are available at this time.


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