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Man says he owes life to slain friend

The roommate of a Sydney native murdered in Winnipeg on Saturday is crediting his friend with saving his life.

The roommate of a Sydney native murdered in Winnipeg on Saturday is crediting his friend with saving his life.

At about 9:15 p.m. Saturday, there was a knock at the door of the home on Boyd Avenue, in Winnipeg’s north end, that Ian Layton MacDonald, 52, shared with Charlie Thorgrimson.

In a phone interview Tuesday, Thorgrimson said MacDonald went to the door and opened it.

“Then I heard a scuffle, he hollered for me, then I heard the two shots, and by the time I got to the door he was slumping into the door and sliding down, even holding the door shut,” Thorgrimson said. “I think he kept whoever it was from getting in, he must have seen the gun or knew something that I didn’t know.”

It was the third shooting in a 50-minute span in the neighbourhood Saturday. Police have said although MacDonald managed to shut the door, the assailant fired two shots through the glass, hitting him in the chest.

MacDonald had been living in Winnipeg for about eight years, where he cared for Thorgrimson, who he viewed almost as an uncle figure. Earlier, after leaving Cape Breton, MacDonald lived in areas including Waterloo, Ont.

“We were just very, very good friends,” Thorgrimson said.