RCMP have not ruled out a possible gang connection to a fatal shooting of a 5 year old boy on the Samson Town Site near Hobbema, Alberta.
Police were called out to a home on the Samson Cree First Nation at around 3 a.m., on Monday after shots were fired at a local residence. When the police arrived at the home, they found the 5 year old boy inside the home. He had been shot and killed by a bullet that police believe was discharged outside the home. An adult woman in the home also sustained injuries; she is suffering from non-life threatening injuries and was transported to hospital.
The name of the boy is not being released pending notification of kin and autopsy results. The autopsy on the child is scheduled for Tuesday morning at the Edmonton Medical Examiner’s Office.
Investigators are following up on all leads and are looking into a separate incident earlier the same morning at around 1:30, where a house on the Samson Cree Nation was shot at. No one was hurt in this incident. RCMP have contained the scenes at the Samson Cree Nation to allow investigators to complete their work. Members from Red Deer RCMP as well as Calgary Major Crimes, Forensic Identification Unit and local RCMP officers are involved in the investigation.
RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance in this investigation. Should anyone have any information in relation to this incident, they are encouraged to call the local RCMP Detachment at 780-585-4600 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
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