Victim of shooting continues recovery

The woman who was randomly shot in Stettler on Monday continues to recover in hospital, her family says. “I wouldn’t say she is OK but she is in good hands down there,” a family member, who didn’t want to be named, said on Thursday.

The woman who was randomly shot in Stettler on Monday continues to recover in hospital, her family says.

“I wouldn’t say she is OK but she is in good hands down there,” a family member, who didn’t want to be named, said on Thursday.

The family member says they haven’t received word on when Krista Dryden, 39, a well-known Stettler woman, would return home.

“She is in stable condition, she is healing, so hopefully everything will be OK.”

Dryden was taken by STARS to Foothills Hospital in Calgary after a Red Deer man, identified as Dustin Goddu, 30, randomly shot her in the shoulder on Monday.

She was walking along a Stettler roadway after dropping off a lawnmower at a Stettler repair shop near Hwy 12.

Police say Coronation RCMP received information moments after the shooting and located Goddu’s vehicle on Hwy 12 between Coronation and Castor. After being pulled over, he subsequently fled on foot to a forested area that the Emergency Response Team surrounded all day.

Goddu later ended his own life.

What may have prompted the uncharacteristic actions of the funeral director, who had a fiancee and two children, is still being pieced together.

A funeral for Goddu will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church at 6 McMillan Avenue will be on Monday at 1 p.m. Memorial donations may be made in trust to his sons Payton and Lincoln. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.parklandfuneralhome.com.

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