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Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Shots fired during an altercation between two males, one of whom was allegedly armed with a handgun

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Winnipeg police spokesman Const. Rose Guiboche said no one in the truck was struck by the bullets, fired in the 300-block of Kennedy Street shortly after 4 p.m. Guiboche said she was unaware how many hit the truck or where.
The shots were fired during an altercation between two males, one of whom was allegedly armed with a handgun, and others, a source said. No one was injured.
Police said the males, aged 14 and 18, are associated with a street gang. The males were arrested after a standoff and are facing firearm- and drug-related charges.
Police have not confirmed who the intended target or targets were. Witnesses told police several people fled the area when three or four shots were fired. Investigators are hoping to speak to the people who ran off.
The standoff began when officers arrived at the scene and two males ran into an apartment block at 388 Kennedy St. Witnesses said one of the males was carrying a handgun. Police blocked the street and evacuated residents as a precaution.
The tactical support team was brought in and, after a few hours, two males and a woman were removed from a suite and arrested. The woman is not facing charges.
Guiboche said the suspects don't live in the building but know someone who does. Police obtained a warrant to search the suite. The organized crime unit conducted the search early yesterday and found a handgun, magazine, 100 grams of crack cocaine and drug-trafficking paraphernalia. The crack is valued at $2,000. Several residents of the building said they don't feel safe in the area anymore due to rising violence, drug dealing and tensions between rival gangs. Guiboche said residents should be concerned about gang activity in the area but not afraid. "We believe things are changing. It's going to take time," Guiboche said.
Danny Davis Ballantyne, 18, is charged with several firearm-related offences, possession for the purpose of trafficking and two counts of failing to comply with a recognizance. He is in custody at the Winnipeg Remand Centre.
A 14-year-old boy is facing similar firearm- and drug-related charges. He is in custody at the Manitoba Youth Centre.

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