Gas station shooting suspect now in police custody
A suspect wanted in the shooting of a West Park Fas Gas attendant turned himself into the Blackfalds RCMP on Friday afternoon.
Red Deer RCMP Cpl. Sarah Knelsen said the man turned himself in around 1:15 p.m. at the Blackfalds RCMP station. Knelsen said charges are pending and until the information is sworn, his name will not be released. Charges are expected to be laid late Friday.
A man shot a clerk in the face and in the hand with a sawed off-shot about 11 p.m. on Wednesday. The victim, whose identity has not been released, has undergone several surgeries and remains in hospital.
Police appealed to the public for help finding the man, releasing security camera photos Thursday. Police also used a helicopter over Red Deer on Thursday evening after tips of a possible sighting.
Shortly after 11 p.m. on Wednesday, a lone suspect entered the Fas Gas armed with a sawed-off shotgun, walked up to the clerk at the counter and produced the weapon.
When the clerk placed money on the counter, the suspect fired the shotgun, hitting the clerk in the hand and face.
The clerk was taken by fire-medics to Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre before he was airlifted to Calgary. The suspect was last seen fleeing on a bicycle westbound on Cronquist Drive.