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Police investigating 'severe, focused' occasion Thursday in southeast Edmonton

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Edmonton police are investigating a “severe, focused incident” in southeast Edmonton that left at the least one particular person useless Thursday afternoon.

Officers swarmed the scene close to a fuel station at 50 Avenue and Ellerslie Street earlier than 1 p.m.

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“Because the investigation is in its very early levels, that is all we’re in a position to affirm presently,” a metropolis police spokesperson stated in a 1 p.m. Thursday e mail.

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By 2 p.m., greater than a dozen police automobiles had closed 52 Avenue and taped off a sprawling business complicated centred round a Petro-Canada fuel station. Investigators had coated a physique on the pavement subsequent to a Chevrolet automotive with its doorways open. An ambulance sat close by.

To the south, a gaggle of practically 20 individuals had gathered exterior a close-by Popeyes restaurant. Some wept and held each other as police spoke to others within the group. One girl was led away in tears after collapsing to the bottom. The police helicopter flew by overhead.

Police examine the scene of what they describe as a “severe, focused incident” at 52 Avenue SW and Ellerslie Street close to a fuel station on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023, in Edmonton. Picture by Greg Southam /Postmedia

Candice Marshall, a close-by resident, was choosing up a parcel a short while after police taped off the preliminary scene. She stated she was shocked when she noticed ft protruding from underneath two tarps.

“I noticed the ambulance after which I noticed the ft underneath white blankets.”

Marshall stated a lady arrived on the scene a short while later and wailed, “my son, my son.”

“She dropped to the bottom,” Marshall stated.

She heard one other girl say, “daddy, daddy, not my daddy.”

In a later e mail, metropolis police stated they obtained experiences of a drone flying over the crime scene and requested the proprietor to right away take away it from the world.

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“It is a very energetic scene and the drone will probably be seized by the Edmonton Police Service if it’s not eliminated,” police stated.

In the meantime, on Wednesday, police stated October gun violence within the metropolis was down 19 per cent in comparison with final 12 months. General, there have been 13 reported capturing occurrences in October. Of the 13 incidents, 10 are believed to be focused, police stated, with seven leading to accidents.

In line with police, there have been 193 shootings reported to this point in 2023, a rise of 46 per cent over final 12 months presently when 132 shootings have been reported.

— with recordsdata from Dave Breakenridge 

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Police examine the scene of what they describe as a “severe, focused incident” at 52 Avenue SW and Ellerslie Street close to a fuel station on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023, in Edmonton. Picture by Greg Southam /Postmedia

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