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Drayton Valley shooting sends 1 man to hospital, RCMP searching for suspect car

Drayton Valley, Alta., in 2016.
Drayton Valley, Alta., in 2016. File/Global News

A man was airlifted to hospital in serious condition after being shot at a home in a central Alberta town Wednesday morning.

RCMP said officers in Drayton Valley responded at 8:42 a.m. to a 911 call at a home near 50 Avenue and 45 Street, where they found a 25-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest.

The man was taken to the local hospital, where STARS air ambulance said it was dispatched to shortly after 9 a.m.

STARS said it rendezvoused with EMS on the ground and airlifted the injured man to an Edmonton hospital in serious, potentially life-threatening condition.

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Cpl. Laurel Scott with the RCMP said officers are searching for a vehicle involved.

Initial witness evidence indicated that a black, extended cab, older model pickup truck — either a Ford or a Chevrolet — with a white and/or red decal on the rear window left the scene of the shooting.

RCMP updated the vehicle description a few hours later, saying the suspect vehicle was actually a black Nissan Altima car with silver rims.

The suspects were believed to have a firearm in their possession and should not be approached. A description of the suspects was not immediately available.

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RCMP said the shooting was an isolated incident and did not happened at a school, however three in the area were put into a hold and secure due to the nearby police activity.

Wild Rose School Division superintendent Brad Volkman said three schools were Frank Maddock High School, Aurora Elementary School and Evergreen Elementary School.

The hold and secure — in which classes carry on as normal but the front door of the school is locked — was lifted between 11 and 11:30 a.m. after RCMP said there was no longer any threat in the area.

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Anyone with information about the shooting, suspects or truck is asked to call the Drayton Valley RCMP at 780-542-4456 or submit an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online.

— More to come…