WINNIPEG – The woman that was pulled from a burning house in the North End on Tuesday morning has died.
Winnipeg Police also confirmed on Thursday that Jeanenne Chantel Fontaine, 29, was shot before the house on Aberdeen Ave. near Salter St. was set on fire deliberately.
“There is a lot going on here – (it’s) a very complex investigation,” said police spokesperson Const. Jason Michalyshen.
Emergency crews responded to the fire at around 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday and pulled Fontaine from the house. She was rushed to hospital in life threatening condition from the gunshot wound along with the exposure to the fire and died on Wednesday.
“Right now I’m not acknowledging this being a targeted or certainly not acknowledging this as any sort of random matter,” Michalyshen said.
So far no arrests have been made.
Fontaine lived in that house and neighbours tell Global News it has been the subject of a lot of problems in the past on the block and police said they have responded to calls there before.
Officers are still on the hunt for a suspect after a 24 year old man was shot dead just steps away from the house at Aberdeen Ave. and Powers St. on February 8, 2017.
“I’m not aware of any linkages to any other investigation, homicide investigations at this time,” Michalyshen said, but mentioned investigators are looking into the possibility Fontaine’s death was linked to gang or drug activity.
Court documents show Fontaine has a criminal history, including convictions for armed robbery, theft, and human trafficking related charges.
While not commenting on her past directly, Michalyshen said officers will look at an individual’s history to see if that plays a role in the investigation.
“We have to allow investigators to really dissect every component of this investigation,” he said.
Anyone with information regarding the fire is asked to contact detectives at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers 204-786-TIPS (8477).