Exchange District shooting witness describes scene
Angela de Sousa recalls seeing a man shooting, chasing other man down Bannatyne Avenue in Sunday shooting
A shooting incident outside Opera Ultralounge Sunday left two young men injured and one dead, and a 22-year-old witnessed the chaos unfold.
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Angela de Sousa was driving down Main Street around 2 a.m. when she stopped at a red light at Bannatyne Avenue and saw two groups of men arguing outside of Opera Ultralounge.
Seconds later she recalls hearing the first of several gunshots fired.
“I heard like a ‘pop,’” de Sousa said. "All of a sudden you just hear gunshots and you see people kind of just going, ducking down, or scattering.”
People near the scene fled for cover as several more shots rang out.
Angela de Sousa believes she then saw the shooter chasing someone down Bannatyne, which she found terrifying.
“That could have been me, that could have been my sister.”
On Tuesday, Winnipeg Police announced they would be conducting an internal investigation into the shooting death of 23-year-old Rustom Vito Paclipan.
The investigation is related to a cancelled 911 call that came in from Opera staff nearly 20 minutes before the shooting occurred.
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That first call was made when Opera owner Jack Moslehi ordered staff to call the police, concerned by a heated conversation going on between two groups in the club.
Paramedics were first to arrive on scene and took Paclipan to hospital, where he later died of his injuries.