April 4, 2021 Media Release

Shooting – Update/Arrests: C19-214390

Update:

Members of the Major Crimes Unit have charged a male for a September 2019 shooting that injured a male in a gang-related dispute.

It is believed that on September 12, 2019, at approximately 1 a.m., a group encountered a male in the south lane behind the 200 block of Portage Avenue. The male was shot, and a bullet struck the Winnipeg Police Service HQ – narrowly missing a cadet leaving the building.

Soon after, Haben Nipsey Weldekidan, a then 25-year-old male of Winnipeg, attended a nearby hospital suffering from a gunshot wound. He was subsequently charged with firearm-related offences after discovering he had hidden a firearm near the shooting scene before seeking medical help.

The Major Crimes Unit continued with an extensive investigation.

On March 28, 2021, a suspect was arrested on a WPS-issued warrant for firearm-related offences at an address in Montreal, Quebec, by members of the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM). On April 2, 2021, the suspect was returned to Winnipeg by members of the WPS Major Crimes Unit.

Saleh Alimasi, a 22-year-old male of Montreal, Quebec, has been charged with:

- Discharge a Restricted Firearm or a Prohibited Firearm with Intent
- Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Weapon in Motor Vehicle
- Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
- Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Firearm with Ammunition
- Possession of a Weapon
- Pointing a Firearm
- Assault with a Weapon

He was detained in custody.

Investigators have also identified a second suspect for the shooting – but the individual has since become deceased during an unrelated homicide and cannot be named at this time.

As previously released on September 12, 2019:

Members of the Major Crimes Unit are investigating a shooting that occurred overnight behind the old St. Regis Hotel in the 200 block of Smith Street.

On September 12, 2019, at approximately 1:10 a.m., a Winnipeg Police Service member was leaving the HQ building when he heard of the sound of shots fired from the north. The shots were also heard by other members in the area.

An investigation has determined that the shooting occurred in the back lane behind the St. Regis Hotel where officers have located evidence that a firearm had been discharged, along with evidence that a person had been injured.

At approximately 1:40 a.m., a male in his 20’s attended a Winnipeg hospital with an upper-body injury believed to be the result of a gunshot wound.

Officers have also found evidence that suggests the Graham Avenue tower, connected to the HQ building, had been struck by a projectile during the incident.


Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer
Constable Dani McKinnon, Public Information Officer
Constable Claude Chancy, Public Information Officer
Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs

Office: 204-986-3061
E-mail: WPS-PIO@winnipeg.ca