Donation box set up to help shooting victim
A campaign is on to help the victim of a shooting at the West Park Fas Gas on Wednesday.
Jaysen Arancon Reyes, 26, was working at the Fas Gas location when, shortly after 11 p.m., a lone male entered the convenience store with a sawed-off shotgun and, after demanding money, allegedly shot Reyes, hitting the clerk in the hand and face.
Since the shooting, Reyes has been in Calgary hospital, where he has undergone several surgeries.
Cpl. Sarah Knelsen, media relations officer for the Red Deer City RCMP, said on Monday that Reyes is still in hospital, recovering from his injuries.
A donation box has been set up at the station to support Reyes in his recovery. Donations can be sent by mail to the location at 4305 55th Ave., Red Deer, AB, T4N 4N7.
Tom McMillan, director of corporate communications for Parkland Fuel Corp., which operates Fas Gas, said he was not aware of the local fundraising effort, but said the company is hoping to bring Reyes’ family to Canada.
The Calgary Sun has reported that Reyes is in Canada as a temporary foreign worker.
“We’re trying to track down family members, who reside in the Philippines, and bring them to Canada so they can be by the victim’s side,” said McMillan.
He said the company is also conducting an investigation in relation to the incident, and it is too early to say if additional security measures might be implemented.
Jeffrey Lyle Geary, 30, appeared in court on Monday, facing a number of charges related to the incident, including attempted murder.
The man accused of firing a shotgun into the face of a convenience store clerk during a robbery remains in custody.
Geary was brought into Red Deer provincial court to face five charges arising from the shooting and robbery.
Geary, of no fixed address, is charged with attempted murder, using a prohibited weapon to commit robbery, possession of a prohibited weapon, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, possession of a loaded, prohibited weapon, and possession of a stolen, prohibited weapon.
He was returned to the Red Deer Remand Centre after asking that his plea and bail hearing be adjourned to Sept. 25.
Duty counsel Murray Shack said Geary wants to have his bail hearing next week, but is awaiting approval for Legal Aid, which covers legal costs for qualified applicants.
Crown prosecutor Jason Snider advised Judge Bert Skinner that the Crown will oppose his release.