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Suspect wanted in connection to Grande Prairie mall shooting arrested

An RCMP truck is parked outside of the Prairie Mall in Grande Prairie, Alta. on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016.
An RCMP truck is parked outside of the Prairie Mall in Grande Prairie, Alta. on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, CJXX

RCMP said the man wanted in connection with a shooting in a Grande Prairie shopping mall that sent three people to hospital was arrested Wednesday.

Liban Musse was taken into custody in Calgary at around 1:30 a.m.

Mounties said their investigation found Musse was in the Calgary area and Calgary police helped find the 23-year-old at a hotel in the city’s northwest.

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RCMP said on Sept. 15, a single shot was fired after a fight broke out between two groups of people at the Prairie Mall. They said one man was shot and flown to hospital in Edmonton with serious but non-life-threatening injuries and that the same bullet also grazed a couple who were walking by with their young children. They were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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The Prairie Mall was evacuated and put on lockdown immediately following the shooting.

RCMP later said they believe the suspected gunman and the initial victim were known to one another.

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On Monday, police said an Alberta-wide arrest warrant has been issued for Musse in connection with the incident. He was wanted for six different charges: reckless discharge of a firearm, discharging a firearm with intent, possessing a weapon dangerous to the public, carrying a concealed weapon, unauthorized possession of a firearm and possession of a restricted firearm with ammunition.

The investigation continues and anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact Grande Prairie RCMP.

Musse is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 26.

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