Residents in a Winnipeg seniors apartment complex are terrified after a 70-year-old woman was beaten in the underground parking garage by two men armed with guns.

According to building manager Denise Bloch, the men followed the woman as she drove into an underground garage around 9 p.m. Monday night on Clayton Drive, in the city's St. Vital neighbourhood.

They hid behind a minivan as she parked and waited for her to get out of her car, then surprised her and pointed a 12-gauge sawed-off shotgun in her face, according to court documents.


This is the parking space where the senior was attacked after getting out of her vehicle. (Katie Nicholson/CBC)

The woman tried to push gun from her face when one of the men slammed it against her skull, knocking her to the ground, documents state.

Then they beat her and stole her vehicle, Bloch added.

"Everybody's frightened and worried and scared," she said.

The victim was found a few minutes later by another tenant in the building. Yvonne Murray told CBC News she found her friend bent over a car, bleeding profusely.


Yvonne Murray said her friend was beaten so badly she barely recognized her. (Katie Nicholson/CBC)

"We saw her leaning over one of the cars, and there was blood all over the floor," said Murray. "It took a couple of minutes for us to recognize her."

According to court documents, the woman sustained bleeding in her brain from bruising, a broken eye socket, a broken nose, a broken sinus cavity and cuts on the back of her skull requiring 11 staples.

The woman is now recovering in hospital and has a long road to recovery ahead of her, Murray said.

"She was covered in blood -- just covered, and she was so cold. She couldn’t talk. All she could say was, ‘I’ve been beaten. I’ve been beaten,’" said Murray. "She’ll never be the same."

Two men, aged 19 and 24, have been charged in connection with the attack.

Murray said there is mounting anger about the crime.

"They could have taken her car. Why beat her up? There’s no sense in that," said Murray.

Police are planning to meet with residents of the building next week to talk about the incident and give advice on how to stay safe.