Man and child dead after 'targeted' shootings Thursday in southeast Edmonton

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A man and a child are dead and police are investigating after a “serious, targeted incident” in southeast Edmonton Thursday afternoon.

Officers swarmed the scene near a gas station at 50 Street and Ellerslie Road before 1 p.m.

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Upon arrival, responding officers located a 41-year-old man and an 11-year-old boy in medical distress. Emergency medical services responded. However, both the man and child succumbed to their injuries on scene.

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“Detectives have determined this was a targeted event,” police said in a Thursday news release.

Autopsies have yet to be scheduled and the deceased have been confirmed to be father and son.

At 2 p.m., more than a dozen police vehicles had closed 52 Street and taped off a sprawling commercial complex centred around a Petro-Canada gas station. Investigators had covered a body on the pavement next to a Chevrolet car with its doors open. An ambulance sat nearby.

To the south, a group of nearly 20 people had gathered outside a nearby Popeyes restaurant. Some wept and held one another as police spoke to others in the group. One woman was led away in tears after collapsing to the ground. The police helicopter flew by overhead.

Later Thursday, police were notified of a vehicle fire in the area of 34 Street and Township Road 510 north of Beaumont. Police continue to investigate if this vehicle is linked to the shooting. No one was located inside the vehicle and no injuries were reported as a result of the fire Thursday evening.

Police investigate a car that was found burned on 34 St SW. south of 41 Ave SW. on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023 in Edmonton. Photo by Greg Southam /Postmedia
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Police investigate a car that was found burned on 34 St SW. south of 41 Ave SW. on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023 in Edmonton. Photo by Greg Southam /Postmedia

“We are sad to report that a child lost their life today as a result of this violent event,” said Staff Sgt. Rob Bilawey with the EPS homicide section. “The loss or injury of children as a result of gunfire is unfathomable and we urge anyone with information that may assist this investigation to come forward as soon as possible.”

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Candice Marshall, a nearby resident, was picking up a parcel a short time after police taped off the initial scene. She said she was shocked when she saw feet sticking out from under two tarps.

“I saw the ambulance and then I saw the feet under white blankets.”

Marshall said a woman arrived at the scene a short time later and wailed, “My son, my son.”

“She dropped to the ground,” Marshall said.

She heard another woman say, “Daddy, daddy, not my daddy.”

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Police investigate the scene of of what they describe as a “serious, targeted incident” at 52 Street SW and Ellerslie Road near a gas station on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023 in Edmonton. Photo by Greg Southam /Postmedia
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Police investigate the scene of of what they describe as a “serious, targeted incident” at 52 Street SW and Ellerslie Road near a gas station on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023 in Edmonton. Photo by Greg Southam /Postmedia

In a later email, city police said they received reports of a drone flying over the crime scene and asked the owner to immediately remove it from the area.

“This is a very active scene and the drone will be seized by the Edmonton Police Service if it is not removed,” police said.

Police said the details of this incident were immediately posted to and discussed on social media and detectives are hoping to speak with any witnesses or individuals who may have specific information about the event. Likewise, anyone with security or dash camera footage that was active in the area at the time is encouraged to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone.

— With files from Dave Breakenridge and Glenn Werkman

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Police investigate the scene of what they describe as a “serious, targeted incident” at 52 Street SW and Ellerslie Road near a gas station on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023, in Edmonton. Photo by Greg Southam /Postmedia
Edmonton shooting
Police investigate the scene of of what they describe as a “serious, targeted incident” at 52 Street SW and Ellerslie Road near a gas station on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023 in Edmonton. Photo by Greg Southam /Postmedia

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