A 22-year-old man’s death over the weekend has been ruled a homicide by Edmonton police.
Abdullahi Nur-Abdulle was shot outside a northside convenience store late Sunday afternoon.
Nur-Abdulle was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries and died in hospital overnight.
Police said shots rang out in the area of 118 Street and 145 Avenue at around 4:45 p.m. Sunday after a fight between a group of people.
A man who works in the strip mall told Global News a man got out of an SUV and approached another man who was in the parking lot.
He said a waitress from a nearby pub was outside having a cigarette as seven to 10 shots were fired.
The witness said several people were inside the SUV as the suspect got back in the vehicle. The SUV then left the scene.
Nur-Abdulle’s funeral was held at Al Rashid Mosque in Edmonton on Wednesday afternoon. He is being remembered by his family as “a good kid.”
“Abdullahi was a young guy, was having a bright future,” Adam Jamac, Nur-Abdulle’s cousin, said. “He was a very good kid.”
The president of the Somali Canadian Cultural Society of Edmonton said more needs to be done in the city to prevent future killings.
“We don’t want to see another shooting here in Edmonton. It’s kind of sad and not good for the image of the city itself,” Jibril Ibrahim said.
“We need to do something about these homicides instead of just making them as numbers, and we need to solve them and make sure that the people who are perpetrators are put behind bars and brought to justice.”
Ibrahim would like to see more funding put into policing in Edmonton.
“Unless we put enough resources into the system and make sure that we pursue those people, they will be working on another victim.”
Police are still searching for two vehicles they believe are linked to the crime: a newer model, dark grey Dodge Durango and a black Hyundi Tucson.
Anyone with information about what led to the shooting is asked to call the Edmonton Police Service at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online.