Winnipeg police say they responded to five separate incidents involving firearms this week in a single 24-hour period.
It all began early Tuesday morning when two females robbed a grocery store in the West Alexander neighbourhood. One of them pulled out a long gun and chased customers out of the store, while the other suspect took items from behind the counter. No one was injured and both suspects fled.
At 11:20 p.m. that night, a Weston area grocery store was robbed by a female with a handgun. She fled and no one was injured.
On Wednesday night, the same grocery store was robbed a second time by a female with a gun. There were no injuries reported.
Later in the evening, police responded to an armed robbery of a restaurant in the Centennial neighbourhood. Police were able to disarm the suspect of a sawed-off shotgun and take him into custody. Police say the male appeared to be under the influence of methamphetamine at the time.
About an hour later, a 16-year-old boy was robbed in the Fort Rouge neighbourhood by two suspects — one armed with a gun and the other with a knife. The pair was arrested when attending officers spotted their vehicle.
Just outside of the 24-hour period, police say a male was shot in the East District area and taken to hospital in critical condition early Thursday.