Shootout over drugs in northeast Edmonton; police seek witnesses

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Brazen afternoon shooting in north Edmonton near school
WATCH: Concern is growing for people who live in a north Edmonton neighbourhood after a brazen afternoon shooting last Thursday afternoon. As Lisa MacGregor reports, it was a shootout over drugs near a school and police are still looking for the suspects. – Nov 21, 2022

Edmonton police are looking for anyone who might have video footage of a shootout that happened on Thursday afternoon near Dr. Donald Massey School in northeast Edmonton.

Police said on Nov. 17, in the area north of 162 Avenue and 51 Street, gunfire erupted as several men fought over a bag in a public courtyard. Several rounds were fired into the street around 2:30 p.m.

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One of the men was shot, walked to a nearby convenience store and left the bag with a handgun and cocaine inside, according to police. The 23-year-old man was arrested nearby and taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said the man who was shot, 23-year-old George Ishiekwene, is facing 10 charges related to guns and drugs and two breaches. The other men involved in the shooting left the scene and haven’t been identified.

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Dr. Donald Massey School, a K to 9 school located just down the street from the shooting, was placed on alert on the day of the shooting, according to a letter sent out to parents. The letter said the school was on alert for 30 minutes as a precaution and that the students had all been dismissed for the day.

Police are asking anyone with CCTV, dashcam or cellphone video of the incident to contact EPS at 780-423-4567 or submit tips through Crime Stoppers.

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