WINNIPEG – Police need your help solving a murder from late November that appears to have been an assassination style drive by shooting.
Theodoras Belayneh, 32, was killed while riding in the passenger seat of an Acura sedan driving north on Donald Street. Police say he’d been at a club on Pembina Highway attending a hip hop show.
As his vehicle moved through the intersection with Stradbrook Avenue, someone in another car opened fire, police say. Bullets shattered the car windows and Belayneh was killed. The driver of the car survived.
Sergeant John O’Donovan says police have no suspects and are still trying to establish a motive.
They want to speak to anyone who was inside two vehicles which were in the line of traffic when the shooting happened.
One is a silver SUV, likely a Jeep Cherokee. The other is a black BMW sedan.
O’Donovan says he’s not sure if those vehicles were involved in the shooting but they showed up on surveillance footage.
“Nothing is ruled out at this stage. The chances of both vehicles being involved are slim,” he says.
O’Donovan calls the shooting brazen and daring. He says it’s not the type of thing homicide detectives usually see in Winnipeg.
“This is Winnipeg, it’s not Chicago,” he says. “We can’t allow that to continue. We’ve got to step up and get some help to make sure that we get the people responsible for this.”
He says it’s lucky no innocent bystanders were hurt.
“There are cars driving north and south, right into the line of fire. There’s residences here and there’s bullets flying,” he says. “Bullets don’t stop until they hit something and there’s people sleeping behind those windows. There were people walking in the area.”
Police believe the car the shooter was in either continued north on Stradbrook or turned east.
Belayneh is originally from Alberta and did have a prior criminal record. He was arrested in connection to a shooting, along with two other suspects in 2014.
O’Donovan says Belayneh was involved in a minor altercation at the night club earlier in the evening.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 204-986-6508 or CRIMESTOPPERS at 204-786-TIPS.
(images and video courtesy of Winnipeg Police)