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UPDATE: Ponoka RCMP investigate shooting near Leland Hotel

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An officer watches the back alley behind the Leland Hotel Sept. 21. (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)


On Sept. 21, at 2:51 a.m., Ponoka RCMP received reports of a shooting near the Leland Hotel in Ponoka.

A victim with what appeared to be multiple gun shot wounds was identified and taken to hospital by STARS in stable condition. There was a collision with minor injuries reported near the hotel during this incident.

RCMP have deployed additional resources including the Central Alberta General Investigative Section to Ponoka and surrounding area to investigate this incident.

Although early in the investigation, RCMP believe that this was an isolated incident and there is no ongoing risk to the community.

If you have any information about this incident or those responsible, please contact the Ponoka RCMP Detachment at 403-783-4471. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.


The damaged vehicle is now being towed from the scene and has what appears to be multiple bullet holes. Clean up of the scene appears to be nearing completion.


As of 9:25 a.m. Sept. 21, there is an active crime scene on Chipman Avenue in Ponoka, and the area is cordoned off with police tape, from about Vantage Physiotherapy Clinic to the lights on 50 St.

Sgt. Erin St-Cyr with the Ponoka RCMP confirmed police are currently securing the scene while the Forensic Identification Section processes evidence.

The incident occurred around 2 a.m., said St-Cyr.

A heavily damaged vehicle is sitting in front of the Leland Hotel and other debris can be seen on the street. The area behind the Leland Hotel and the alleyway that gives access to Chipman Ave. are also cordoned off.

There is no immediate threat to public safety at this time.

More to come …

(Photos by Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)

Emily Jaycox

About the Author: Emily Jaycox

I’m Emily Jaycox, the editor of Ponoka News and the Bashaw Star. I’ve lived in Ponoka since 2015 and have over seven years of experience working as a journalist in central Alberta communities.
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