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Wednesday, June 03 2015

Edmonton shooting leaves man dead



Homicide cops are probing the death of a man — jailed for his part in a grisly 2007 drug-related dismemberment slaying — in his Lewis Estates driveway after neighbours heard shots ring out Thursday night.

Jason Costouros, 32, was found about 11:30 p.m. fatally injured on the driveway in front of the well-kept, pink-stucco home in the normally quiet neighbourhood of Lewis Estates, near 212th Street and 88A Avenue. The home is owned by Jason’s parents, John and Teresa Costouros.

One neighbour, who asked not to be named, said her 12-year-old daughter woke her up after she heard gunshots and the sound of a skidding car just before midnight.

"I wasn’t sure if she heard the right thing but when I heard somebody crying, that’s when we kind of figured it out, and then the police showed up."

In 2008, a 25-year-old Costouros plead guilty to being an accessory after the fact and was convicted to 4 1/2 years in prison in connection with the murder of David Wong.

On Feb. 21, 2007, Wong, 23, was discovered slain and partially dismembered in a 14th-floor apartment at 8820 Jasper Ave. at around midnight.

At the time of the killing, Costouros was on parole after he had been serving a six-year sentence for aggravated assault.

When police barged into the suite, they found the grim scene after a 13th-floor tenant reported blood dripping from his bathroom ceiling.

Officers first noticed an "overpowering smell" of bleach and other cleaning products and then observed a large blood stain on the carpet leading to a bathroom. In the bathroom, cops saw rubber gloves covered in blood on the floor and a butcher knife before seeing Wong’s partially dismembered body in the tub.

His detached tattooed arms and a detached leg were later found in green garbage bags near the body and police determined a hacksaw had been used to remove them.

Wong, who had ties to the city drug trade, died as a result of multiple stab wounds, which were estimated at approximately 158 and mostly to the back.

Michael Alexander Gray, was also sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison, while Nicholas Richard Harris, 27, who a record for drug trafficking and aggravated assault, was sentenced to four years and Kyle Lloyd Grapentine, 25, was sentenced to 32 months. It was the first offence for Grapentine.

Police have not said whether anyone is in custody in connection with Thursday’s killing, whether they have any suspects, or if there is a risk to the public at this time.

Homicide detectives and police had cleared the scene by about 8 a.m. Friday.

The neighbourhood was once again quiet. Amidst the suburban homes, the sound of golf balls being struck at the nearby Lewis Estates golf course could be heard.

An autopsy confirmed Costouros died of a gun shot wound, making the death Edmonton’s eighth homicide of the year.

Other recent Edmonton gun crimes:

* May 25 — A 46-year-old man is charged with attempted murder after a 33-year-old man was gunned down May 25 at a west-end construction site. The victim was found suffering multiple gunshots and his coworkers were holding on to the gunman when police arrived to the 184 Street and Callingwood Road scene just after 7 a.m. William Kelly Hawkins is charged with attempted murder with a firearm; use of a firearm while committing an indictable offence; careless use and storage of a firearm; possession of a dangerous weapon; unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon; possession of a weapon in a vehicle; and possession of a loaded, prohibited or restricted firearm.

* May 23 — Edmonton police are investigating a downtown shooting May 23 that sent three people to hospital. Around 2:20 a.m. on Saturday, officers were called to a report of two people getting into an altercation with firearms outside a nightclub in the area of 100 Street and Jasper Avenue. Three bystanders — two males and a female — received non-life-threatening injuries when shots were fired. * May 24 — And the hunt continues for suspects in a Sunday night shooting near the End Zone Pub. In that case, a 26-year-old man was standing near the pub when he interacted with some people who pulled up in a white sedan, possibly a Chevrolet Malibu. Shortly after, the man was shot and the car drove away. The injured man went to the nearby pub where he was assisted by staff who contacted police.

* May 18 — Around 9:30 p.m., police received a call from a concerned citizen regarding a possible impaired driver. An altercation took place when two officers tried to stop the vehicle in the area of Victoria Trail and Abbotsfield Road. In possession of a sawed-off shotgun, the 31-year-old driver shot one of the officers and in turn, the driver — known to police — was fatally shot by police.

• April 24 — A man was transported to hospital suffering from gunshot wounds after gunplay in Boyle Street, near 93 Street and 103A Avenue just before 4 a.m. Investigators believe the shooting was targeted.

• April 20 — A 25-year-old man was left clinging to life in hospital after a morning shooting in west Edmonton. Police called to the scene found the man suffering multiple gunshots wounds in a green space near 184 Street and 93 Avenue about 12:40 a.m.

• April 6 — Edmonton’s last homicide was April 6, when a 25-year-old man was fatally shot in a west Edmonton industrial area. That killing, police sources said, was fuelled by a drug debt.

Posted by: Chris AT 09:53 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
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