MULTIPLE CHARGES FOLLOWING SHOOTING
A 34-year-old Winnipeg man has been charged with aggravated assault, firearms charges, and more following a Jan. 7 shooting in the North End.
Emergency services workers were called to the 500 block of Burrows Avenue at about 10:30 Monday morning, Winnipeg Police Service spokesman Const. Rob Carver said Saturday.
At the scene, they found the victim: a man in his thirties “who had sustained a serious gunshot wound to the upper body.” The victim was taken to the hospital in critical condition, where he remains with life-threatening injuries.
Police officers detained a man at the scene. Benny Lance Hansen, a 34-year-old Winnipeg man, has since been arrested and charged with a number of offences including aggravated assault, unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon, various firearms charges and failure to comply with bail conditions.
The weapon used in the shooting was an improvised, “homemade firearm,” said Const. Carver.
Although the shooting victim is still alive, the Winnipeg police’s homicide unit is investigating, Carver said.
“I think you can deduce that the concern is that the gravity of the injuries may change the nature of this,” said Carver. He said the charges against Hansen could be upgraded.