Winnipeg Free Press - - NEWS I LO­CAL -

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.

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