Shootings up 34 per cent in 2023: Edmonton police

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The Edmonton Police Service reported a 34 per cent increase in shootings in the city in 2023 compared to the previous year.

According to a Wednesday afternoon news release, there were 17 reported shootings in December. Of the 17 occurrences 12 are believed to be targeted, while 10 resulted in injuries. Edmonton police said 13 of the 17 shootings had the potential for innocent bystanders to be harmed.

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In comparison to December 2022, shooting occurrences were down 19 per cent, however year-over-year data from EPS show there was a 34 per cent increase in occurrences.

“The overall rise in shootings this past year was concerning, but we are working hard to trend these numbers down in 2024,” said EPS Staff Sgt. Eric Stewart of the EPS Gangs and Guns Section of the Organized Crime Branch.

“This includes continuing to actively implement our Guns and Gangs Strategy, which recently added a new Gang Suppression Team and a new Firearms Investigation Unit Team. Together, we hope they’ll help us make significant strides in reducing gun violence citywide.”

In 2023, the EPS recorded 221 shootings compared to 165 shooting occurrences in 2022.

Police seized 892 firearms in 2023. The most commonly used firearms in shooting occurrences were .22 calibre rifles and 9 mm handguns. In cases where shooters were identified and charged, police said the majority didn’t hold a valid Possession and Acquisition License (PAL).

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