Man wounded in Xbox dispute

Paramedics remove a man who was shot in the chest from an apartment block in Winnipeg. (Brian...

Paramedics remove a man who was shot in the chest from an apartment block in Winnipeg. (Brian Donogh)

CHRIS KITCHING, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:12 AM ET

WINNIPEG - Some kind of dispute involving a video game may be at the heart of a shooting that wounded a man and landed his younger brother, the alleged gunman, in police custody Wednesday.

The 27-year-old victim, who was shot in the upper chest, was in critical condition when he was rushed to Health Sciences Centre but upgraded to stable within a couple hours of the incident.

Ran from scene

While he was being treated, police arrested a male suspect, who ran from the scene but was located about six blocks away near Sherbrook Street and Sargent Avenue, said police spokeswoman Const. Jacqueline Chaput.

The male was allegedly in possession of a gun, which was recovered by police, Chaput said.

Police didn't disclose the type of firearm.

The suspect is the man's 16-year-old brother, said Sylvia Pascal, a tenant of a seven-storey apartment block, at 500 Balmoral St., where the shooting occurred about 12:30 p.m.

It's the second violent incident at the apartment, between Ellice and Sargent avenues in Winnipeg's Spence neighbourhood, in less than a week.

Pascal said the brothers' mother told her the shooting occurred in their grandma's fourth-floor suite while the pair was arguing or fighting "over an Xbox game."

Pascal said the mother didn't explain any further, so it was unclear whether the dispute was over the possession of a video game or if it broke out while the pair was playing a video game.

Police wouldn't comment on the motive.

The brothers' mother and others who witnessed the incident or have knowledge of it were taken away by police, either for questioning or to be transported to HSC to see the older brother.

The man appeared to be conscious when he was removed from the building on a stretcher and loaded into a waiting ambulance. Part of his face was covered with a white towel.

The apartment block contains a ground-floor day-care centre for kids aged two to 12, according to a sign outside the building.

The block, owned and operated by Payuk Inter-Tribal Housing Corp., was the scene of a bear-spray incident last Friday.

A 14-year-old boy is accused of spraying the occupants of a fourth-floor suite during an attempted robbery. Eight people received medical treatment.

"Things have been bad around here lately," Pascal said.

"This is supposed to be a no drug, no alcohol building but lately there's been a lot of that happening here and a lot of violence has been happening."

chris.kitching@sunmedia.ca


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