EDMONTON — Homicide detectives were called in to investigate the suspicious death of a woman in a northwest Edmonton neighbourhood Monday morning.
Around 12:30 a.m. police were called to the scene of an alleged shooting near 117th Avenue and 128th Street in the Inglewood neighbourhood. At the same time, police also responded to a nearby weapons complaint. Police later said the death and weapons call were linked.
The body of the victim – a 30-year-old woman – was taken from an ambulance by the medical examiner around 2 a.m. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday, and police are working to notify the woman’s loved ones.
“You pretty much hear gun shots every night or every second night. It’s just bad here,” area resident Rebecca Gauthier told Global News. She just moved into the neighbourhood a month ago, and said she’s had police officers come to her door several times.
“There have been cops knocking on my door, asking if I’ve seen people and stuff like that in… it’s just a pretty harsh place,” Gauthier added.
The EPS tactical team, the mobile command unit and Air 1 was spotted in the area, and a heavy police presence remained for several hours. Officers were seen investigating at a home on 117th Avenue.
A few people were seen sitting on a nearby sidewalk, including a man in handcuffs.
Around 4:45 a.m. a loud bang was heard and a flash of light was seen. Police said the weapons complaint was resolved around 5:30 a.m., and a man was arrested.
Road closures were put in place for 115th Avenue to 118th Avenue, and 127th Street to 129th Street. Drivers were asked to avoid the area.
Two women were seen going into a home around 6:30 a.m., and then could be seen crying as they left about half an hour later.
Homicide detectives are leading the investigation. Global News remains on scene, and will update this story throughout the morning as more details come in.
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Editor’s Note: This story initially incorrectly identified the victim as a man, but was updated.
With files from Erin Chalmers, Global News