Police tape surrounded a large portion of a south Edmonton apartment building Sunday morning as police investigated the city’s latest shooting.
Officers were called to the building at 1939-104 St around 5 a.m. Sunday for reports of gunshots.
When they arrived they found a male suffering from a gunshot wound.
Police are releasing few details but say the man was transported to hospital.
Now friends of the victim, named Brian Burton, want to contact his family but they don’t know how.
Ryan Jobe said Burton had recently moved in with his father. They had met through the AISH program and Jobe’s father offered Burton a place to stay while the 35-year-old looked for a job.
“He’s a very nice guy,” Jobe said. “He’s always smiling and asking questions about how your day was, he’s generally concerned about everybody else but himself.”
Burton was previously homeless and had been living with Jobe’s father for the past four months.
Jobe said Burton was shot in the chest and underwent surgery Sunday morning. He was told Burton is in critical condition.
Jobe said Burton shared little information about his family or where he was from but he believes Burton was originally from Sudbury, Ontario.
He feels Burton would want his family near him during this difficult time.
“We’re trying to find his family, any relationship to him and just try to let them know what has happened,” Jobe said. “It’s not a good situation. I know he has family, it’s just that they had a falling out- and it’s times like this family should be close by because we don’t know right now if he’s stable.”
Officers were seen concentrating their efforts on a ground floor apartment that was behind the police tape.
A large portion of the front of the building was also taped off, as well as the rear.
Police continue to investigate, no arrests have been made.
with files from Sarah Kraus