Police are trying to identify two men involved in a shooting in north Edmonton.
Around 11:30 p.m. Dec. 7, 2022, a home near 148th Avenue and 89th Street was shot both in the front and back, targeting a bedroom window, police said in a news release Tuesday. Stated.
“The residence was occupied by a mother with three daughters, none of whom were known to the police. missed,” EPS said.
“A mother and her three daughters were inside, and by sheer luck and near misses, no one got hit,” said the staff sergeant. Eric Stewart in the Guns and Gangs section of the EPS.
“A few inches here and there, and today I would have told a different story, a more tragic story.
“We truly believe there were innocent victims inside that residence,” he stressed.
Police believe the shooting was “organized,” but they don’t know why the family was targeted.
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“This shooting has us baffled,” Stewart said.
“While the video clearly shows that the shooter intentionally targeted this home, there is no evidence to suggest the family was involved in any criminal activity.
“I don’t know if they had the wrong address, or if they thought someone else lived in the residence. We don’t have that information at the moment.
“We sincerely believe that the people in that house were not the intended targets. That is a concern for us.”
Police said the incident was so traumatic for the woman and her children that they left home afterwards.
“She was so worried that she decided to leave Edmonton and leave the state,” Stewart said. “It had a huge impact on her and her children.”
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He said “more than 10” shots were fired at the house.
“Two individuals who are extremely careless, extremely impudent and have a complete disregard for public safety approach the residence and open fire on it multiple times.
“We need to hold these people accountable.”
Police have reached the stage of an investigation requiring help from the community to identify the two men.
Investigators are releasing photos and surveillance video of one of the suspects in the hope that someone can recognize him.
A dark Honda CRV-style vehicle is also believed to be involved, EPS said.
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EPS will investigate 10 unrelated shootings during the first nine days of December.
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Edmonton Police said 165 shootings were reported in 2022, up from 150 in 2021. This means that shootings he has increased by 10% in one year.
Edmonton averaged more than 13 mass shootings per month last year, according to EPS.
“I feel like records are being broken here,” Stewart said. “We’re going to release these stats and talk about the Edmonton shootings.
“It’s no secret that we have a gun violence problem here in Edmonton.”
Of the 165 shootings last year, 85% were believed to have been targeted, up from 72% in 2021.
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“90% of our shootings are injuries,” Stewart said.
He said about 10-15% of shootings in 2022 will be directly related to organized crime or gang activity.
According to police, innocent bystanders could have been harmed in 98 shootings. In 21 of his events, children were nearby.
Stewart said shooting investigations are taxing, resource-intensive, and can take an average of four to six months to complete.
“We would like to have a more dedicated team that is strictly focused on this type of crime in our city,” he said. Our city has many priorities and they all need to be balanced.”
Northwest Edmonton had the most shootings, with 32, according to EPS. Next in the Southeast he will have 30 cases in 2022.
So far, as of January 2023, there have been 19 reported shootings in Edmonton, compared to 11 in January 2022.
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