Winnipeg police have taken the rare step of releasing the name and photo of a 17-year-old wanted for second-degree murder.

Anthony McClements, 17, faces charges of second-degree murder and attempted murder in the death of 20-year-old Nigel Dixon and shooting of another woman.

Dixon was shot and killed in broad daylight April 2 on Winnipeg’s Langside Street.

Police have said they believe the shooting was a case of mistaken identity. Dixon and a female companion were walking in the 500 block of Langside when they were approached by a group of strangers.

The group peppered Dixon with questions about what gang he was in. Dixon denied being in a gang and tried to flee. That was when one of the members of the group began shooting at the pair, according to police.

Dixon was killed, and the female he was with was rushed to hospital but managed to survive the attack.

Police later revealed Dixon was not involved in any gang activity.

Now, McClements is wanted in Dixon’s death.

Typically, under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, young suspects or offenders cannot be identified.

Const. Jason Michalyshen said investigators had to obtain special permission to make McClements's identity public.

"Given the nature of this investigation being a violent offence, and certainly a homicide — [the] worst-case scenario — authorization has also now been given to us by the courts to publish the name and picture of this particular youth," Michalyshen told reporters on Wednesday.

McClements is described as about five feet nine inches tall and weighing 150 pounds (68 kilograms).  He has short shaved blond hair, acne, blue eyes,

There are tattoos on both his forearms, according to police. The tattoo on his left arm says "Hustle to Live" and the one on his right says "Live to Hustle."

Police say they believe McClements could have travelled to Toronto, Calgary, Red Deer or Vancouver.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact investigators at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-8477.