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Man, 22, charged with attempted murder after 3 people shot in Winnipeg

A 22-year-old man is facing four counts of attempted murder after three men were shot and another was shot at in Winnipeg on Sunday morning.

A fight broke out at a house party on Hazel Dell Avenue, just off Henderson Highway, Sunday morning

Man, 22, charged with attempted murder after 3 people shot in Winnipeg

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A 22-year-old man is facing four counts of attempted murder after three men were shot and another was shot at in Winnipeg on Sunday morning. 1:58

A 22-year-old man is facing four counts of attempted murder after three men were shot and another was shot at in Winnipeg on Sunday morning.

The man was arrested early Monday, about 24 hours after the incident in East Kildonan.

According to police, a fight broke out at a house party in the 200 block of Hazel Dell Avenue, just off Henderson Highway at about 4 a.m. Sunday. 

Several people were involved in a verbal argument outside the residence when the man allegedly pulled out a gun and fired at four people, hitting three of them, police said.
Police taped off a section of road in the area of Hazel Dell and Henderson Highway Sunday morning after three men were shot. (Cliff Simpson/CBC)

Police said the man ran from the scene, and the victims made their way to hospital, where they were treated for serious injuries.

The man was later arrested around 3 a.m. Monday at a hotel in the city's south end. He's now facing four counts of attempted murder, seven counts of failure to comply with a recognizance and numerous other firearms-related offences. 

Const. Rob Carver said the man was known to police and the shooting was gang-related.

"Not everyone was overly co-operative, and a lot of people had left," he said. "I would say we spent part of the day trying to piece together exactly what had happened."

Carver said two of the three victims weren't taken to hospital by ambulance.

"[Two] victims were transported to the hospital not by us, so we're piecing together. I mean, we don't have an accused. We don't have a weapon, and we don't have victims," said Carver, describing the early stages of their investigation. "Early on, we don't even know that three people are shot ... All the victims who were shot tried to leave hospitals."

All the victims have now been upgraded to stable condition.

Party host speaks

Darnell Barrett was hosting the party at the Hazel Dell home Sunday morning.

Barrett owned a Caribbean restaurant on Henderson Highway that closed in January, and this weekend, he told his friends they could pick up food from his house.

RAW: Darnell Barrett describes the scene outside his home where he found a man lying in his backyard with gun shot wounds

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A 22-year-old man is facing four counts of attempted murder after three men were shot and another was shot at in Winnipeg on Sunday morning. 1:32

He said there were about 30 people at his house when the shots were fired.

"Everybody was having a great time. Everybody was dancing, had a few drinks and definitely eating food," he said. "There was no yelling no arguments, no fighting."

He said he was in the basement when a woman ran downstairs and yelled that someone had fired a gun outside.

"So I cut the music out, turned on all the lights and proceeded upstairs to check on my younger brother," said Barrett. "When I realized that he was OK, I searched around the house for anyone that may have been hurt."

He said he went outside and saw people fighting in the back lane and a man laying outside his back door, shot.

"There was a gentleman laid out, and at that point, I proceeded downstairs to tell everybody in the house to, 'Find safety or call 911, one of the two, but you guys got to get out of the house,'" he said.

He said he thinks the fight started earlier in the night somewhere else and both parties ended up finding their way to Barrett's house.

He said even though police said the shooting was gang-related, he had no idea there was trouble happening at the party.

"When you see especially what's going on in the States, it's hard to understand why you'd want to cause harm to someone in your own community. What could be so drastic that you can't settle with two hands or even words?" he said. "Why would you resort to violence?"

with files from CBC's Nelly Gonzalez

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