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2 teens arrested in central Alberta drive-by shooting investigation

A photo of an RCMP vehicle. .
A photo of an RCMP vehicle. . Global News/File

*EDITOR’S NOTE: RCMP initially said two residences were shot at but issued a correction later saying shots were not fired at the second home in Samson Cree Nation.

A pair of teenagers are facing multiple charges in connection to an incident where shots were fired at a home in Maskwacis, Alta. on Saturday.

Maskwacis RCMP said officers were called to a home at around 9:30 p.m., after receiving reports of shots being fired from a vehicle.

Police said witnesses identified a vehicle, which was stolen and later found abandoned.

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The suspects stole another vehicle in the Ermineskin First Nation, which was later found by an officer in Wetaskiwin, according to RCMP.  While attempting to leave the area, the vehicle got stuck in snow and the suspects fled on foot, police said.

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The RCMP, Maskwacis Community Response Team and Edmonton Police Service’s helicopters were called to help find the suspects. Two boys, aged 17 and 16, were found and arrested without incident.

RCMP said a 30-06 rifle and magazine were found inside the second stolen vehicle and a sawed-off .22 rifle was also found near one of the scenes.

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Both youths were charged with a number of offenses relating to the use and possession of firearms and to the stolen vehicles.