On February 24, 2023, at approximately 11:30 pm, Headingley RCMP received multiple reports of an out-of-control house party in the RM of Rosser. One of the reports stated that shots were fired and people were injured at the residence. Officers attended immediately. The house was known to officers as an online marketplace vacation home rental.
When officers arrived on scene, it was chaotic. Many people were fleeing the property, both on foot and in vehicles. When they entered the premises, officers observed a large number of youth inside and empty liquor containers were strewn everywhere. Immediately, officers were approached by a female youth stating that her friend was in need of emergency medical assistance. Officers cleared all three floors of the home while other officers were able to clear the roadway to allow EMS access to the property.
Officers outside the residence located further injured individuals and brought them inside for treatment. A male and a female were transported to hospital with serious injuries. It was discovered that another male was already at the hospital receiving treatment for injuries sustained at the party. It did not appear that anyone had been shot despite initial reports coming into police. No firearms were located.
Initial investigation has determined that the party was announced on Snapchat and that many people at the party were unknown to each other. The residence has received thousands of dollars in damage. The party-goers were mainly youth, and drugs and alcohol were present at the scene.
"This is the second large youth party announced via social media that RCMP have seen in the last few months, and the trend is getting concerning," said Staff Sergeant Jason Vrooman, Area Commander for Stonewall and Headingley RCMP. "Young people are getting seriously injured. The danger these types of events pose is no laughing matter. The level of violence escalated quickly. My advice to those seeing these invitations is stay as far away as you can and advise police immediately."
If you have information regarding this event or if you were a victim of a crime that night, police would like to speak with you. You are asked to call Headingley RCMP at 204-888-0358, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.