Suspect sought in Sylvan area shooting; attack not believed to be random

Police continue to search for clues in the shooting of a Blackfalds man on the outskirts of Sylvan Lake early Thursday morning.

Police continue to search for clues in the shooting of a Blackfalds man on the outskirts of Sylvan Lake early Thursday morning.

While police have little to go on, they believe the shooting was not random.

Sylvan Lake RCMP Staff Sgt. Gary Rhodes said there is not a risk to public safety. But police ask the general public to exercise caution if encountering anyone who may be related to the shooting.

“Do not approach them,” he said. “Call the Sylvan Lake RCMP, your local police or 911 immediately.”

The 33-year-old victim remains in hospital in Edmonton with non-life-threatening injuries suffered from being shot more than once. Police have spoken with the man but few details have been released.

Police were called to the scene about four km west of Sylvan Lake around 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, after reports of gunshots.

RCMP say the victim drove a Mazda CX5 to a home and was shot more than once at that location.

The car was then driven away by a person or persons unknown. It was later recovered by RCMP in the town of Sylvan Lake.

Police are still on scene where the shooting took place and are examining the recovered Mazda.

RCMP ask that any member the public with any information regarding this offence contact the Sylvan Lake RCMP, your local police or call Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous.