Hearing there was a shooting at the south Red Deer Walmart is “absolutely” terrifying, said one shopper Saturday.
Larry Lefebvre was in Calgary Friday night, when a 69-year-old man was shot and killed in front of the store.
“You see this in the United States, but not here,” said Lefebvre, who lives in Red Deer
“Any time there’s gun violence, it’s scary … but thank goodness it wasn’t a mass shooting. You don’t expect something like that in Canada, unless it’s in a big metropolitan centre.”
Police responded to the retail store at 6:47 p.m. after receiving a call regarding a reported shooting. Officers determined shots were fired in the front entrance of the store.
Alberta RCMP Const. Shelley Nasheim said police believe there was just one shooter, however, they were looking for two vehicles of interest that were spotted leaving the scene. As of 1 p.m. Saturday, no arrests have been made, Nasheim added.
Preliminary information suggested this was a targeted shooting and that there is no further danger to the general public, police said in a press release Friday night.
Members from surrounding detachments supported the response.
Online reports stated there multiple victims as a result of the shooting, but police confirmed that was incorrect.
RCMP officers expected to complete their work by noon Saturday, at which point owners were able to retrieve their vehicles that were stuck in the parking lot.
“RCMP would like to thank everyone for their patience, allowing members the necessary time to process the scene at the south Red Deer Walmart,” police said in a press release Saturday morning.
Several police cars blocked off all access to Walmart’s parking lot and police tape was strung up along the south end of the lot on Friday night. Only a section of the parking lot was blocked off on Saturday.
The south Red Deer Walmart has resumed normal working house and is open for business.
The investigation is ongoing.
–With files from The Canadian Press