Man shot dead in Winnipeg's Dufferin neighbourhood
Kenneth Wood, 35 identified as 10th homicide of the year
Winnipeg police have launched a homicide investigation after a man was fatally shot in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Emergency personnel responded to the area of Flora Avenue and McKenzie Street at approximately 1:40 a.m., after receiving calls reporting the sound of a gunshot, police said during a news conference Thursday morning.
When they arrived, officers found an injured adult male on the street.
The victim, Kenneth Wood, 35, was taken to hospital in critical condition but died a short time later.
Several police cars were outside a home in the area Thursday morning.
The homicide is the 10th in the city in 2018.
Roughly 50 people attended a vigil held for Wood outside a park at the corner of McKenzie Street and Stella Avenue Thursday evening.
Those in attendance held candles and many signed a memorial set up on a street pole near where he was shot.
Before the vigil Wood's father, who is also named Kenneth Wood, said his son had been in trouble with the law from the time he was a teenager, but was trying to turn his life around.
The last time they spoke about two weeks ago, he says, he tried to encourage his son to make some changes for his four-year-old daughter.
"I told him, 'Straighten out your life. You're getting older now, you have a little girl to take care of,'" he recalled.
"He'd always say, 'Yeah I'm going to try.'"
The family is taking his death hard, especially Wood's sisters, whom he was very close with, his father said. He had been living with his younger sister.
Family members and others attending declined to speak to CBC News at Thursday night's vigil.
Police are seeking any details on where Wood was and whom he was with prior to the shooting.
Const. Tammy Skrabek told reporters Thursday morning police do not have any specifics on his background.
"And that's what officers are looking for … details about this person, whether he was simply a person walking down the street going to the corner store, or if he was somebody who was involved in drug culture, gang culture," she said.
Without that information, Skrabek said she couldn't comment on the motive for the shooting or whether people who live in the area should be concerned.
"Anytime we have a shooting, there certainly is a concern. Without knowing the motive for this, I don't know if it was targeted or if it was random," she said.
Anyone with information that could assist officers is asked to call 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-8477.
With files from Shane Gibson