October 21st, 2020

Four arrested in westside shooting


By Shurtz, Delon on October 22, 2019.

Delon Shurtz

Lethbridge Herald

dshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

Police have arrested four people in relation to a shooting Monday, barely a block from a westside elementary school.

At about 8 a.m. police arrived at a duplex west of The Children of St. Martha Elementary School, where they talked to a man who said someone had fired a gun at him.

“Upon arrival, officers located a male victim who had reported that he was in his backyard … when a white SUV vehicle pulled up and a male pointed a firearm from inside the vehicle,” Lethbridge Police Insp. Jason Walper said Monday during a news conference.

Walper said the victim then fled on foot and the vehicle took off, as well, but not before firing a shot.

“As the victim was leaving the area, he did hear a gunshot.”

Police found the suspect vehicle about 9:20 a.m. downtown after it had struck another vehicle and drove away. The SUV parked just west of the Lethbridge Centre Mall where police saw two women exit the vehicle and walk away. They were arrested, however, and a few minutes later a man got out of the vehicle and ran away, but he was arrested as he entered the courthouse.

Officers identified another man they suspected of being involved in the shooting, and he was arrested on the northside shortly afterward and caught with a firearm and ammunition. A second firearm was found in the vehicle. The vehicle had been stolen earlier in the week.

Walper said the victim and the suspects are known to each other and police continue to investigate to determine the motive behind the shooting. The victim was not injured and charges are pending against the suspects.

Walper also noted school resource officers were notified of the incident and ensured the safety of students and teachers in nearby schools.

“None of the schools were in harms way,” he said.

Children of St. Martha tweeted a comment later in the day expressing its appreciation to police who warned the school of the incident barely a block away in the 400 block of Columbia Blvd.

“Grateful to our @lethpolice, who took charge of the scene in our vicinity this morning. They asked us to calmly ensure our students remained inside and that all doors were locked while they completed their work.”

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