Winnipeg police say a man was shot on Saturday while attempting to sell a cell phone he had arranged through an online classified website.
Officers responded to the first 100 block of Stadacona Street at around 2:30 p.m. and found the injured victim, a man in his 30s. Police began emergency medical care and he was transported to hospital in unstable condition, but later upgraded to stable.
Police spotted the three suspects driving in a vehicle nearby at around 3 p.m. and took them into custody.
A search of the suspects and their car turned up the following:
- A .22 calibre rifle with a collapsible stock, a suppressor and an obliterated serial number
- A .22 calibre handgun
- The phone that had been stolen
- $1,856 in Canadian currency
- 20.73 grams of cocaine (estimated street value of $1,500)
- 18 Percocet pills
Police believe the suspects and victim had arranged a meeting to buy the phone when an argument ensued. The victim was shot before the device was stolen from him.
Jayden Neil Travis Firth, 22, Franco John Dixon, 21, and a 27-year-old man, all from Winnipeg, were arrested and are facing numerous charges.
The major crimes unit continues to investigate.