A man has died and another remains in hospital following an incident outside a Winnipeg apartment building early Friday morning.

Police say the two men were attacked at about 4 a.m. and found outside the Manitoba Housing complex in the 100 block of Robinson Street near Flora Avenue, in the city's North End area.

One man was sent to hospital in critical condition but died from his injuries. The other man remains in stable condition.

The man's death is the 17th homicide of the year in Winnipeg.

Police gave few details about the incident on Friday. No arrests have been made to date.

A woman who lives at the complex but didn't want her name published, told CBC News there was a brawl and the men were attacked by someone who appeared to have a machete.

The man who died suffered a large wound to his chest, she said, adding she came out after the brawl and was with the man as he lay dying.

Tiffany Vandall, who also lives in the area, said she started hearing noise around 1:30 a.m. but added that it became worse around 4 a.m.

"All of a sudden things get really loud. All I hear is shouting and stuff," she said.

"And then I just turned on the music and ignored it because, you know, it's just the developments [apartment complex]. It happens all the time."

Mariah Catcheway, who lives nearby, said she woke up to a woman screaming. She said she saw a man trip and get up, and another man hitting him with a baseball bat.

“Then I seen that guy laying on the ground, and everyone was freaking out, and he wasn’t waking up,” she said. “It’s like, I think he just died. It was scary."

Bill Pierce, who lives in the Manitoba Housing complex, says he's used to seeing violence in the neighbourhood.

"It's not too bad if you stay in the compound. If you go out on the street … about a year and a half ago, I got robbed," he said.


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