September 13, 2017 12:26 pm

Red Deer RCMP search for suspect after man shot, attacked with machete

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RCMP in Red Deer are looking for a male suspect after a 23-year-old man was taken to hospital Tuesday afternoon following an attack in the city’s southeast.

Police said the victim suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his back and a number of cuts from a machete.

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At around 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, police said the man was surprised by another man, who broke into his garage in the Anders neighbourhood. The suspect was carrying a short-barrel small-calibre firearm and a machete, RCMP said in a media release Wednesday morning.

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The suspect is described as a man in his early 20s, who stands 5’8″ to 5’10” tall. Police said he has a sunken face and a thin build, between 140 and 160 pounds. He has black hair that fell above his shoulders and was wearing a black hat, blue turtleneck compression shirt under a black zip-up hoodie, baggy faded blue jeans and skate shoes.

Officers are investigating to determine if the break-in and shooting incident is related to another shooting that happened on Monday afternoon. One person suffered non-life-threatening injuries after being shot with a small-calibre weapon in a downtown Red Deer alley. Police said it’s not clear if the victim was shot with a BB gun or a rifle. RCMP did not release any details about the victim in that case.

Anyone with information on either crime is asked to contact Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575. Anonymous information can be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online.

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