Two men were taken to hospital after they were shot as a result of what police believe were “two random shootings” in west Edmonton on Friday afternoon.
“A motive for the shootings is unknown at this time,” police said in an update shortly before 9:30 p.m. on Friday night. “The investigation is ongoing.”
Police said officers were called to a strip mall near 149 Street and 89 Avenue over a weapon complaint at about 5:20 p.m. Police said when they got there they found two injured men and were told a suspect had left the scene on foot.
Police said they believe a man shot another man while he was walking toward his vehicle in a parking lot at the strip mall before shooting a second man who was sitting in a delivery vehicle nearby.
According to police, officers tracked down a 50-year-old suspect in the backyard of a nearby home and arrested him. They said charges are pending.
The victims, who are 25 and 35 years old, suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said. Both were treated by paramedics at the scene before being taken to hospital where they are recovering in stable condition.
At least five police vehicles were seen at the strip mall early Friday evening. A car with two doors open was spotted at the scene, as well as a pickup truck that was partially on a sidewalk.
Global News spoke with a woman who lives nearby who said she was shocked and scared by what unfolded.
“I heard about seven gunshots — sirens and helicopters,” said Shawna Greaves. “Unbelievable.”
View photos from the scene below.