STREET VIOLENCE WATCH
Tuesday, May 26 2015
BY OTIENA ELLWAND, EDMONTON JOURNAL MAY 25, 2015
EDMONTON - A 33-year-old man is in hospital with serious injuries after a shooting in west Edmonton early Monday morning.
Edmonton police were called to a “weapons complaint” in a church parking lot at Callingwood Road and 184th Street, in the Ormsby Place neighbourhood, just after 7 a.m.
The victim is in hospital in stable condition.
A male suspect was arrested in the area and police say charges are pending. A gun believed to be connected to the incident was recovered at the scene.
Police do not believe the shooting was a random act and say they are not looking for any other suspects.
Two pickup trucks and another work truck belonging to Somerville, a company which designs, installs and maintains municipal infrastructure, sat in the middle of the parking lot Monday morning, as well as a fourth vehicle, a silver minivan.
A man who said he knew the workers arrived at the scene Monday looking distraught. He said an employee had been laid off Saturday, but police spokeswoman Patrycia Thenu said it’s still under investigation whether the shooting has to do with a disgruntled employee.
Somerville declined a request for comment Monday. “There isn’t anyone willing to speak on this,” said a woman who answered the phone at the western head office in Edmonton.
Clothing, a work helmet, black lunch bag, water bottles, towels and a grey blanket lay scattered on the grass nearby.
A neighbour said she heard what sounded like a car backfiring Monday morning, but then realized it was the sound of two gun shots. She looked out her bedroom window and saw several workers running through the parking lot. They pinned one man to the ground and held him there until police arrived, she said. The woman declined to give her name.
A work site on the corner of 184th Street and 62B Avenue, across the street from the church, was vacant Monday morning.
Trevor Testawich said he was supposed to meet Somerville workers to do utility testing in the area. He said a crew of about 15 to 20 people has been replacing gas lines in the area since April, and about 30 more workers were expected to arrive Monday.
“They’re usually here at 7 a.m. I usually see them every morning,” he said. “It doesn’t look like they started work at all. The fencing is still up and the machines are still parked.”
Neighbour Sherrill Perrault woke up at 9 a.m. and said she was startled to see police tape surrounding the parking lot across the street.
“I was really scared because you never see that around here and then I saw three police cars and I thought, ‘Oh no, something is wrong,’” said Perrault, who has lived in the area for five years.
A police officer at the scene said the shooting is not related to Our Saviour Lutheran Church.