Manitoba

'He opened fire on them': witness to shooting that killed Hailey Dugay, 20

A Manitoba man is in custody and faces several charges in connection to the death of Hailey Dugay, 20, who was killed in a shooting near Fraserwood, Man. on the weekend.

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Hailey Dugay, 20, was shot and killed in a shooting on an isolated rural road near Fraserwood, Man. on Saturday night. (Supplied by Branden Harasymko)

A Manitoba man is in custody and faces several charges in connection to the death of Hailey Dugay, 20, who was killed in a shooting near Fraserwood, Man. on the weekend.

Dugay was the only person hit by gunfire on Kuz Road, an isolated gravel road south of Provincial Road 231 just west of Gimli, Saturday night.

Jesse Paluk, 23, was arrested by RCMP on the weekend. 

Paluk has been charged with second-degree murder, seven counts of attempted murder, and several weapons-related charges, including firing a gun at a motor vehicle with intent to wound. None of the charges have been proven in court.

Police say "multiple" shots were fired toward vehicles Saturday night.

Aside from Dugay, no one else was injured. 

Manitoba RCMP block off a section of Kuz Road near Fraserwood, Man., on Sunday evening. (Travis Golby/CBC)

Shawn Stefishen was out with nearly a dozen friends, including Dugay and her boyfriend, Branden Harasymko, Saturday at a bar in the Fraserwood Hotel.

He said a fight broke out between Paluk and the group of friends over an ex-girlfriend.

"Everyone pretty much ran Jesse out of the bar," said Stefishen on Monday afternoon.

Shortly after 11 p.m., the bar closed and the friends left together for a nearby friend's house.

'I'm getting shot at'

When their vehicles turned onto Kuz Road, they saw a man waiting for them with a pipe in hand. Stefishen said he believes it was Paluk.

At first Dugay and Harasymko stopped, said Stefishen. Then, he said, the man put down the pipe and grabbed a hunting rifle that was leaning against his car. The couple immediately drove off. 

"He opened fire on them," said Stefishen. "I was a couple hundred yards behind Branden. I saw him fishtail around [the shooter] ... everyone in my truck just said, 'Go go go.'"

Shawn Stefishen was a witness to the shooting that killed his friend Hailey Dugay on Saturday. His pickup truck was also hit. RCMP recovered a bullet from one of the tires, he said. (Jeff Stapleton/CBC)

Stefishen sped past the shooter as well. His truck was hit twice. 

"Everyone was freaking out in my truck. Branden had called me when the first shot happened. I said, "I'm getting shot at," and he said, 'We got shot at and Hailey's hit.'"

Dugay's boyfriend called 911 and rushed toward the nearest hospital, Stefishen said. Meanwhile, the others remained fearful the shooter was after them. 

"I came to my house. Everyone ran in the house. We locked the house down and then we waited for him," said Stefishen.

It was then he learned from a text message Dugay had died. 

The hotel in Fraserwood, Man., where Hailey Dugay and friends hung out before a bar fight broke out Saturday. (Travis Golby/CBC)

"It was like out of a movie," Stefishen said. "Everyone is still wrapping their heads around it. Everyone is up and down emotions right now."

Dugay lived with her boyfriend just north of Komarno, Man. and worked in a daycare. She was well-liked and outgoing, said Stefishen.

"My kids loved her. She loved kids," said Stefishen. "She always had a smile on."

Paluk is due in court in Winnipeg on Tuesday morning. 

A Manitoba man is in custody and faces several charges in connection to the death of Hailey Dugay, 20, who was killed in a shooting near Fraserwood, Man. on the weekend. 2:03

About the Author

Laura Glowacki is a reporter based in Winnipeg. Before moving to Manitoba in 2015, she worked as an associate producer for CBC's Metro Morning in Toronto. Find her on Twitter @glowackiCBC and reach her by email at laura.glowacki@cbc.ca.