Submitted by RCMP
Maskwacis RCMP and the Wetaskiwin/Maskwacis General Investigation Section are currently investigating two gang related shootings that occurred between November 19th and November 20th 2016, on the Samson Cree Nation.
In both instances a person was shot after a suspect or suspects fired a gun indiscriminately towards a residence. Both victims have received treatment at the Wetaskiwin hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
Due to the indiscriminate nature of the shooting both crimes posed a significant safety risk to innocent persons. In one instance a bullet narrowly missed a 15 month old infant. Police believe that both shootings are the result of increased tension between rival gangs. The RCMP are very concerned for the public’s safety and would like to remind the residents they need to be careful. Allowing gang members/ or gang associates into your residence whether or not they are family, increases the risk to your personal safety and to the safety of your loved ones.
The RCMP are requesting the assistance of the community in solving both of these crimes. If you have any information about these shootings please call the Maskwacis Detachment at 780-585-3767. 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).