Pair arrested after shots fired on Seven Oaks Avenue again

Winnipeg police have two men in custody after shots were fired this morning in the 500 block of Seven Oaks Avenue for the second time in the past 24 hours.
Winnipeg police officers outside a house in the 500 block of Seven Oaks Avenue where shots were fired early Tuesday morning. The same house was targeted on Monday. (Meaghan Ketcheson/CBC)

Winnipeg police have two men in custody after shots were fired this morning in the 500 block of Seven Oaks Avenue for the second time in the past 24 hours.

Officers were first called to the street at 4:10 a.m. Monday. Bullet holes were visible on the front of a house there.

Then at around 4 a.m. Tuesday, police say they received another report of shots fired in the same block.

In both incidents, no one was injured.

Larry Grabowski, who lives nearby, said he heard the shots on Tuesday morning. His girlfriend thought someone was at the door, but he said he recognized the sound from the day before.

"We got up and looked out the window. One guy … got out of the passenger side. Driver got out and they switched drivers. They took off," he said.

Winnipeg police confirmed that a sport-utility vehicle was seen driving away from the scene on Tuesday morning.

At around 4:15 a.m., patrol officers came across a Ford Explorer that sped away near Portage Avenue and Vaughan Street, heading towards the city's south end, according to police.

Police vehicles pursued the Explorer until it crashed into a snowbank near Bairdmore Boulevard and Beaufort Crescent.

Two men were seen running away from the vehicle, but they were caught and taken to hospital in stable condition before they were taken into custody.

No charges have been laid at this time, according to police.

Janice Oswald, who also lives on Seven Oaks Avenue, said she has woken up two mornings in a row to the sounds of gunshots and is now glad to hear about the arrests.

"Definitely I am relieved, and I hope that this resolves the issue and that we can go back to living in peace," she said.

Also on Tuesday, officers were called to a report of shots fired in the 100 block of Walnut Street, the city's Wolseley neighbourhood, at around 1:30 a.m. No one was hurt.

Anyone with information about the Walnut Street incident is asked to call investigators at (204) 986-6219 or Crime Stoppers (204) 786-TIPS (8477).