Update: Man shot after interrupting crime in progress in Anders

Red Deer RCMP release description of suspect; two shooting incidents this week possibly related

Red Deer RCMP continue to investigate an assault in the Anders neighbourhood Tuesday afternoon that sent a 23-year-old man to hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound and non-serious injuries from a machete, and are looking for public assistance to identify the suspect.

At approximately 12:15 p.m. on Sept. 12th, the victim surprised the suspect breaking into the victim’s garage and the two struggled. The suspect was carrying a short-barrel small calibre firearm and a machete, and the victim suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his back and a number of cuts in the struggle.

The suspect is described as an Aboriginal male, 5’8” to 5’10” tall, 140 – 160 lbs, with a thin build. He was in his early 20s and had a sunken face and black hair that fell above his shoulders. He was wearing a black hat, a blue turtleneck compression shirt under a black zip-up hoodie, baggy faded blue jeans and skate shoes. He was also carrying a short barrel firearm with a light coloured wood stock and a black strap.

RCMP are investigating whether this incident is related to a shooting the afternoon of Sept. 11th in which a victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries after being shot with a small calibre weapon in an alley in downtown Red Deer. It was unclear from that victim’s injuries if the weapon was a BB gun or a small calibre rifle. That suspect was described as possibly Aboriginal, wearing a black hoodie with the hood up.

Anyoen with information about either investigation is asked to contact the Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or report it online at www.tipsubmit.com.

– Fawcett