Police officers were visible near the safe drug consumption site in Red Deer on Tuesday around noon. Photo by Mamta Lulla/Advocate staff

Update: Police investigate targeted shooting near safe consumption site in Red Deer

Police secured an area near the drug overdose prevention site in Red Deer around noon Tuesday.

Red Deer RCMP said police responded to a call from a man at around 11 a.m. who had been shot.

Police believe the victim, who was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, was targeted.

On Wednesday, Cpl. Karyn Kay said police will continue to patrol the area, and at this time, officers do not believe there’s any threat to the public.

“That’s always a hot spot for us anyway, so we always patrol that area,” she said.

Nearby business owner Jason MacDonald said he was running his fitness classes as usual on Tuesday morning, and saw more than five police cars and an ambulance drive by the area.

MacDonald, who owns Pure Fitness CrossFit, said he often sees emergency vehicles in his business neighbourhood, but said the number Tuesday was unusual.

“And then a little while passed and there was foot traffic. People who were at the safe injection site were walking past our business, so I just asked what was going on and they said somone had been shot.”

MacDonald said he did not hear any gunshots, because he was in class with loud music playing.

“Of course, it would be scary for anyone. Something would be wrong if normal, everyday people were not scared when there’s a shooting half a block down the road.

“I think people should be scared if something like this is happening in broad daylight around 10:30 and 11 a.m. on a Tuesday morning.”

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