Brazen shooting worries Point Douglas residents

Residents of a street in Winnipeg's North Point Douglas area are reeling after a man was found dead in a home on Monday.

Shot at close range in head

Two women embrace and weep on the street in front of the house where Daniel Kachkan died Monday. ((CBC))
Residents of a street in Winnipeg's North Point Douglas area are reeling after a man was found shot dead in his home on Monday.

The death of Daniel Kachkan, 34, is being investigated as the city's 22nd homicide of 2010.

Chris D'Souza, who lives nearby the home 99 Barber St. where Kachkan was found, worries trouble may be brewing in the area because Kachkan had past gang ties.

"If there's any gangs or whatever, we are all peaceful here and we're just people who are just trying to survive. So, don't put it in our neighbourhood," said D'Souza.

Police spokesman Const. Jason Michalyshen confirmed Kachkan had previously been involved with gangs but did not elaborate. Michalyshen also said Kachkan had not had a lot of recent police contact.

Shot at close range

Daniel Kachkan was shot in his home Monday afternoon.
"It does appear as of most recently there has been less police involvement or less activity with regards to his association with gangs," he said.

CBC News has learned Kachkan was shot at close range in the back of the head.

Kachkan was a former member of the Zig Zag Crew, a puppet club of the Hell's Angels motorcycle gang.

After the Tuesday shooting, an internal police bulletin was circulated asking officers to be on the lookout for members of rival biker gang the Rock Machine who are believed armed and may be targeting Hells Angels.

There is no confirmation that the internal bulletin and the shooting are connected in any way.

Kachkan was charged but later acquitted of the 2005 stabbing death of Aaron Hannibal, another Zig Zag member.

Police were called to the Barber Street house at about 3:15 p.m. Monday. A man inside was found suffering from a serious "upper body" injury and died not long after, police said at the time.

They confirmed his name on Tuesday.

Police have not said publicly how he died, saying they are waiting for autopsy results.

Point Douglas resident and community activist Sel Burrows said he was not aware of Kachkan's background.

"We felt like a failure in that we had no idea that this fellow had been involved in crime and stuff," he said, adding the violence came out of the blue.

Kachkan was acquitted of killing Aaron Hannibal, a fellow gang member, in 2005.

"We were feeling, you know, really quite positive about what was happening and then we have this murder."

Burrows said neighbours told him Kachkan lived in the house on Barber, keeping to himself and only going in and out of the back door.

D'Souza said Kachkan didn't give anyone any trouble.

"He seemed very nice and there was really no reason for alarm for anyone because this is a quiet street," he said. "Everyone's very friendly to each other and that's how he was."

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact investigators at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

Police officers gather at the residence on Barber Street where Daniel Kachkan was found dead. ((CBC))