Manitoba

Shooting suspect confesses in Brandon church, gets arrested

Police nabbed a shooting suspect at a Brandon church Saturday night after he reportedly confessed his sins to a worker and tried to hide.

Victim sustains non-life-threatening shooting injury to torso

Police taped off parts of 10th street Saturday after reports of a gun shot in the neighbourhood. (Riley Laychuk/CBC)

Police nabbed a shooting suspect at a Brandon church Saturday night after he reportedly confessed his sins to a worker and tried to hide.

Police were called at about 5:40 p.m. CT to the 300 block of 10th Street after reports of a gunshot and an altercation between two men.

Officers arrived and taped off the scene but didn't find either of the two men in the area, Brandon police Sgt. Larry Yanick said.

Neither the suspect nor the victim were found in the area where the shooting reportedly took place, police said. (Riley Laychuk/CBC)

Police then received a call from the local hospital about a 38-year-old man who was receiving emergency treatment for a single gunshot wound to his torso.

Not long after that call, another call came in, this time from someone at a church on 8th Street, Yanick said.

"A man came in and said he was hiding from police because he had shot someone," Yanick said, adding police went down to the church and arrested a 24-year-old man without incident.

"We have reason to believe he was responsible for the shooting."

A small-calibre bullet was extracted from the victim's torso, Yanick said, adding the injury is not considered life-threatening. He was expected to be released from hospital Saturday night.

The shooting wasn't random and police believe the two men know each other.

The suspect is facing weapons-related charges. The investigation continues.

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