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Man shot during Bower break in

A man is expected to recover from a single gunshot wound after three masked men tried to break into his southend Red Deer home early Saturday.

Red Deer city RCMP believe the attack on the 36-year-old victim was targeted.

Shortly after 12:30 a.m., police were called out to a report of a man being shot in the Bower neighbourhood.

Police learned from the victim that three men wearing balaclavas and dark clothing tried to break down his door and when he tried to prevent them from doing so, he was shot once.

The victim, whose name hasn’t been released, suffered serious injuries and was taken to Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre. He underwent surgery and was expected to recover.

Red Deer RCMP Serious Crime Section are investigating.

Signs of a shooting taking place were still evident on Sunday outside the house on Barner Avenue. Drops of blood could be seen on the snow leading from the house and down the sidewalk. Splattered blood was also found on the front steps of a house across the street, so it appeared that the man was trying to seek help from neighbours.

One neighbour said he didn’t hear any noise of a gunshot, but shortly after there were three or four police cars on scene plus an ambulance.

Andrew and Lindsey Engi, who live several doors down from the house, said the area is usually pretty quiet. But they wonder if what they heard early Saturday morning was related to the shooting.

“We just heard some shouting,” said Andrew.

“We might have heard some stuff, but we would have been half asleep,” added Lindsey.

Anyone with information is asked to call RCMP at 403-343-5575, anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at Tipsters who have information that leads to an arrest can receive up to $2,000.

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