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Two people arrested in fatal shooting at nightclub where 911 call was cancelled

WINNIPEG - Two people were in custody Thursday — including one man pulled off a Via Rail train — after a fatal shooting outside a downtown Winnipeg nightclub.

Marcus James Richard, 21, was removed from a train in Sudbury, Ont., Thursday morning en route to Toronto, Winnipeg police said. A 16-year-old boy, who cannot be identified, was arrested in Winnipeg on Wednesday.

Both are charged in the shooting death of Rustom Paclipan, 23, outside the Opera Ultralounge, following a clash between two groups that had gang connections, Det.-Sgt. Natalie Aitken said Thursday.

"These two separate groups had encountered or had engaged in a confrontation. We do believe that some of those individuals would have associations to local criminal street gangs."

Aitken added the victim was not known to police but was "an acquaintance of one of the groups" involved in the incident.

The shooting has already prompted an internal police investigation because staff at the bar called 911 20 minutes prior to the shooting to report a fight outside. Someone inside the 911 centre — either civilian staff or police — cancelled the emergency response 17 minutes later. Three minutes after that, another 911 call came in reporting a firearm had been discharged.

Aitken said police have determined that the firearm was never inside the club but had been brought to the scene outside, allegedly by the teenager. The youth has been charged with manslaughter, carrying a concealed weapon and unauthorized possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle, among other offences. He remains in custody.

Richard, who was being returned to Winnipeg from Sudbury, faces charges of first-degree murder, aggravated assault and two counts of attempted murder. Two people outside the club suffered non-life threatening injuries, police said.

Police were still investigating the shooting and Aitken did not rule out further arrests.

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had Tuesday.

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