Winnipeg police investigate homicide on Ellice Avenue

WATCH: Winnipeg Police closed off a section of Ellice Avenue Tuesday to investigate a shooting. Global's Amber McGuckin reports.

Winnipeg police were called to the scene of a homicide near Polo Park early Tuesday morning.

Police said a report of a shooting in the 1300 block of Ellice Avenue came in at about 1:15 a.m.

When officers arrived, they found a man with serious injuries. He was taken to hospital in critical condition, where he was pronounced dead.

Police didn’t release the victim’s name, however friends have identified the victim as Brett Cadieux.

His Facebook shows that he was involved in music producing.

Brett Cadieux

Brett Cadieux

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Police blocked off on Ellice Avenue between Empress Street and Strathcona Street as their investigation continued.

“Ellice is going to be closed for the foreseeable future while we investigate,” said Cst. Jay Murray at a media briefing Tuesday.

“Very quickly a number of crews and cars were dispatched — I believe it was 11 cruiser cars and 2 K9 units were dispatched in the two minutes. When officers got there they recognized the scene was quite large.”

Murray could say little about the incident, or confirm where it happened.

Global News spoke with guests at the Homewood Suites Hotel on Ellice Avenue, who said police were at the hotel earlier in the night, and were still on scene in the morning.

“I was told by the police officer that they were doing forensic in the lobby so nobody’s allowed in and out,” Joseph Missyabit said.

While Murray could not say whether or not police had made an arrest, he suggested the shooting was likely targeted.

“One question that someone may ask is is this a random case, and it’s far too early to comment on that. There’s still a lot of investigation that has to be done but it’s very uncommon for shootings in Winnipeg to be random.”

The Homicide Unit continues to investigate. Anyone with information that might help investigators should call 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

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