Gun­shot blast dur­ing stand­off cost woman sight in one eye

Winnipeg Sun - - NEWS -

The boyfriend of a woman who was shot in the head in Win­nipeg last week says she has lost sight in one eye.

Nicole Ron­deau, who is 23, is re­cov­er­ing in hos­pi­tal af­ter she was hit by five or six pel­lets from a shot­gun blast through the door of their home Nov. 2.

Her boyfriend, Dustin Fag­nan, said it hap­pened when peo­ple un­known to the cou­ple showed up out­side their home, de­manded drugs and tried forc­ing their way in­side.

Fag­nan says they had no drugs and don’t know the sus­pects.

The cou­ple’s two daugh­ters, who are one and three, were also in­side.

A 15-year-old boy, an 18-year-old man and a 22-year-old man were ar­rested and face nu­mer­ous crim­i­nal charges.

Po­lice have said the shoot­ing was con­nected to a stand­off in an­other part of the city the same day that lasted 12 hours.

“It’s just very shock­ing. It’s just so trau­matic,” said Fag­nan. "They kept try­ing to ask for drugs and they men­tioned a name that sent them there.

“They started kick­ing in our door. That’s when me and my girl­friend ran to our in­side door — there’s two doors — one on the in­side and one to get into our suite.”

Fag­nan said Ron­deau no­ticed their old­est daugh­ter walk out of a bed­room and went to put her back in her room.

“Just as she was turn­ing back again, af­ter she pushed her away, the gun­shot went off through the door and about five or six pel­lets grazed her face,” he said. “Two of them got her in the eye.”

Fag­nan and Ron­deau had just moved in Sept. 1 and plan to get a new place be­cause of what hap­pened.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors al­lege three sus­pects were so­cial­iz­ing at the house where the stand­off oc­curred when they de­cided to rob a woman.

Po­lice said Thurs­day it’s not known if Ron­deau was the tar­get.

A sawed-off 12-gauge shot­gun was seized from the home where the stand­off oc­curred.

“Just as she was turn­ing back again ... the gun­shot went off through the door.” Dustin Fag­nan, boyfriend of gun­shot vic­tim Nicole Ron­deau

WIN­NIPEG SUN FILES

An ar­moured res­cue ve­hi­cle is seen at the scene of a Nov. 2 stand­off in the Gilbert Park hous­ing com­plex. Po­lice be­lieve the stand­off is con­nected with a shoot­ing in an­other part of town that cost a woman her sight in one eye.

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