Winnipeg police say they've seen a rise in suspected hate-motivated crimes in October.
Reports have included incidents of property damage and, most recently, a shooting within a residential neighbourhood.
Update on suspected hate motivated investigations as well as upcoming demonstrations https://t.co/GBp2QhIpBy— Winnipeg Police (@wpgpolice) October 26, 2023
Early Sunday morning, residents of a River Heights home heard a window smash and discovered it had been shot out. None of the residents were injured, and no suspect information is available.
The incident is being investigated as a hate-motivated crime as the home had a visible religious symbol.
"Hate crimes have no place in our community," said the Winnipeg Police Service in a press release. "We remain committed to investigating suspected hate-motivated crimes under the provisions of the Criminal Code of Canada."
Any reports of suspicious behaviour, mischief, or acts of violence which may be hate-related will be immediately flagged by the WPS Major Crimes Unit to investigate.
Reports can be made by calling 911 in an emergency, 204-986-6222 for non-emergencies or 204-786-8477 to leave an anonymous tip through Winnipeg Crime Stoppers.