Pellets shot during armed standoff in Winnipeg cost woman sight in one eye

WINNIPEG — The boyfriend of a woman who was shot in the head in Winnipeg last week says she has lost sight in one eye.

Nicole Rondeau, who is 23, is recovering in hospital after she was hit by five or six pellets from a shotgun blast through the door of their home Nov. 2.

Her boyfriend, Dustin Fagnan, said it happened when people unknown to the couple showed up outside their home, demanded drugs and tried forcing their way inside.

Fagnan says they had no drugs and don’t know the suspects.

The couple’s two daughters, who are one and three, were also inside.

A 15-year-old boy, an 18-year-old man and a 22-year-old man were arrested and face numerous criminal charges.

Police have said the shooting was connected to a standoff in another part of the city the same day that lasted 12 hours.

“It’s just very shocking. It’s just so traumatic,” said Fagnan. “They kept trying to ask for drugs and they mentioned a name that sent them there.

“They started kicking in our door. That’s when me and my girlfriend ran to our inside door — there’s two doors — one on the inside and one to get into our suite.”

Fagnan said Rondeau noticed their oldest daughter walk out of a bedroom and went to put her back in her room.

“Just as she was turning back again, after she pushed her away, the gunshot went off through the door and about five or six pellets grazed her face,” he said. “Two of them got her in the eye.”

Fagnan and Rondeau had just moved in Sept. 1 and plan to get a new place because of what happened.

Investigators allege three suspects were socializing at the house where the standoff occurred when they decided to rob a woman.

Police said Thursday it’s not known if Rondeau was the target.

A sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun was seized from the home where the standoff occurred.

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