Maskwacis RCMP Investigate Aggravated assault with a firearm

On May 16, 2016 at 11:45 p.m. Maskwacis RCMP were dispatched to a complaint of shots fired in the Samson townsite.

  • May. 17, 2016 5:00 p.m.

Maskwacis, Alta. – On May 16, 2016 at 11:45 p.m. Maskwacis RCMP were dispatched to a complaint of shots fired in the Samson townsite.

A 36-year-old male victim was located inside his vehicle suffering from a single gunshot wound to his left leg.  The victim was also physically assaulted and bear sprayed.  He attempted to drive away but as a result of car problems, he couldn’t drive away.  The assailants vandalized the victim’s car by jumping on the roof and smashing out windows.

The victim was the lone occupant in his vehicle.  He was transported via ground ambulance to Wetaskiwin Hospital and then via STARS Air Ambulance to an Edmonton Hospital.  He remains there in stable condition.

An investigation remains ongoing.  Maskwacis RCMP Detachment as well as the Community Response Unit, Wetaskiwin General Investigation Section and Police Dog Services are assisting.  Red Deer Forensic Identification Section attended to the scene to provide their expertise in the investigation as well.

Currently, the RCMP have five male suspects in custody.  No charges have been laid at this point.

If you have information about this, or any other investigation(s), please call the Maskwacis RCMP at 780-565-4800 or call your local police detachment.  If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers [www.crimestoppers.ab.ca] for instructions).  You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers, and if you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest(s), the recovery of stolen property, and/or a seizure of illicit drugs, you may be eligible for a cash reward.