‘It was horrific’
Man, woman desperately tried to help Spence Street slaying victim
AMAN who tried to help a severely injured, unconscious man lying face down on Spence Street early Saturday morning told the Free Press the victim was covered in blood and appeared to have several large, deep knife wounds.
Police confirmed the injured man did not survive, and the death is being investigated as a homicide.
The victim’s name has not been released, and no arrests have been made.
Speaking near the scene this morning, David Gaumond described hearing a woman screaming for help outside his home in the 500 block of Spence near Cumberland Avenue around 1:40 a.m.
Gaumond said the woman, likely in her 20s, discovered the bloodied man directly in front of Gaumond’s house.
Gaumond rushed out and found a man lying face down on the street. The man, who appeared to have stab wounds across his back, looked to be Caucasian, in his late 50s or early 60s, and was wearing a reflective strap that looked like part of a construction worker’s uniform, he said.
“(The woman) was on the phone with the paramedics at the time and they were asking her to flip him — and he was so full of blood that she didn’t really want to touch him,” said Gaumond, who then tried to flip the man over.
“He was not even responsive to that or lifting his mouth up or anything,” he said.
“Once I flipped him over, from even the first touch, even through his clothes, I could tell he was already getting cold.”
Neither Gaumond nor the woman could feel the man’s pulse. Gaumond said the man also had two or three more large stab wounds in his chest. He described the stab wounds as being about 2.5 inches thick.
“It was horrific. The stab wounds were even horizontal to try and get between ribs. These people, whoever stabbed him, really knew what they were doing when it comes to blades.”
Police said Saturday a man was
‘(The woman) was on the phone with the paramedics at the time and they were asking her to flip him — and he was so full of blood that she didn’t really want to touch him’ — David Gaumond (above) describing scene of slaying
rushed to hospital with serious injuries but did not survive. Police have yet to release more information as the homicide unit investigates.
Gaumond said he tried to trace the trail of blood left by the victim, a man he’d seen in the area two days prior but didn’t know personally.
“Before the police showed up and before they taped it off, I followed some blood spatter, some blood drippage, up the street and then across the boulevard,” Gaumond said, referring to the boulevard on Cumberland Avenue.
Gaumond didn’t hear any commotion on his street before discovering the body in front of his house. He said he feels sickened and sad by what happened.
“I think he was just an unfortunate person that just ran into the wrong people at the wrong time,” he said. “It’s not every day you get to... see someone dead in front of your house. It’s pretty sickening.”
Anyone with more information is asked to contact members of the Winnipeg Police Service homicide unit at 204-986- 6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204786-TIPS (8477).