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Winnipeg man charged in 2015 shooting of girl acquitted of attempted murder

WINNIPEG — A Winnipeg man has been found not guilty of attempting to murder a 16-year-old girl who was shot in the chest with a stolen RCMP gun while she was sitting in a car outside a Mac's convenience store.

Calli Vanderaa underwent surgery after the bullet pierced her lungs, colon and spleen and spent weeks in hospital fighting for her life.

Matthew McKay was charged in the shooting.

Justice Sheldon Lanchberry ruled Thursday that witness testimonies in the October 2015 shooting were unreliable and nobody could say beyond a reasonable doubt that it was McKay who pulled the trigger.

After the verdict, Corey Vanderaa, Calli's father, yelled at McKay. Sheriffs placed him in handcuffs.

"Your days are numbered, McKay. Your days are numbered," he said, pointing his finger at McKay, who had been smiling.

Calli Vanderaa was taken into custody for recording the fracas on video.

At the time of the shooting, police said McKay and another suspect, Matthew Miles, had broken into a marked off-duty RCMP member’s vehicle parked in the officer’s driveway in Winnipeg. (CJOB)

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