There was a second victim in the shooting at Winnipeg’s big summer fair — an 11-year-old boy.
A 16-year-old boy was rushed to hospital in critical condition after he was shot at Red River Exhibition Park around 7 p.m. Monday; his condition stabilized the next day, police said.
Major crimes unit investigators found out Tuesday that there was a second shooting victim — an 11-year-old boy who was a bystander was also hit by a bullet, police said in a news release on Thursday.
The boy, who didn’t know the other people involved in the shooting, was with his mother when the bullet hit him in his lower body.
The boy’s mother rushed him from the chaotic shooting scene to a hospital, where he was treated for a gunshot wound and released. Police were later notified.
Two 17-year-old boys and a 15-year-old girl who were already charged in connection with the shooting of the 16-year-old have now been charged with an additional count of aggravated assault in connection with the shooting of the 11-year-old.
Previously, the 15-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy were charged with firearm and assault-related offences, while the other 17-year-old boy was charged with aggravated assault and released.
They are all in custody at this time.
The three were found in a taxi in the Shaughnessy Heights area, near Tyndall Avenue and Burrows Avenue, just before 7:30 p.m. on Monday. A loaded handgun was found with them, police said.
Fort Rouge and East Fort Garry Coun. Sherri Rollins said she has been afraid a bystander would be hurt given the level of gun violence in the city this spring and summer.
“The last few weeks, there has been way too many gunshots,” said Rollins, who’s chair of protection for the executive policy committee.
“The violence that we’re seeing, I’m hearing from emergency rooms and more that they were very scared about this, so sadly, it was unfortunately something that was anticipated, and why I’ve been really strong in calling for change.”
She wants to see more police officers step away from investigative duties to patrol the streets.