Shooting at Edmonton car dealership kills 2

Two people died in a shooting at a west Edmonton car dealership on Friday.
Dave Burns is shown in a 1998 photo taken by a photographer from the Edmonton Journal. ((Courtesy of the Edmonton Journal))

Two people died in a shooting at a west Edmonton car dealership on Friday.

Just before 7:50 a.m., a man with a gun walked into Great West Chrysler near Stony Plain Road and 178th Street and started shooting, police said.

"Police arrived on scene and they found that three males had been shot," said Edmonton Insp. Denis Jubinville.

Two people were already dead: the man believed to be the gunman, identified by sources as a suspended employee named Dave Burns, and Garth Radons, the parts manager at the dealership.

A third person was wounded and taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The dealership was sealed off as homicide investigators worked the scene Friday morning. Police did not believe the man held any hostages. 

Edmonton emergency workers confer inside a garage at Great West Chrysler. ((CBC))
Sheri Motowylo's husband, Mike, brought his truck in for some work and was inside the service department when the gunman opened fire. Her husband told her everyone inside hit the floor when shots were fired.

"He was pretty shook up when he called, but he's OK now," Motowylo said. "It's, I guess, pretty hectic in there right now."

Mike Motowylo, along with other witnesses, were kept inside the dealership after the shootings to talk to police about what they saw.

Dealership employee Maxwell Sesaoi was told to go home after he showed up for work Friday morning. Sesaoi has worked for Great West Chrysler for three years and said he had never had any problems with anyone.

"Everybody's really friendly around here," he said. "Everybody is trying to help each other around. I have never, never in my life had a confrontation or argument with any of the workers."

About 30 people work in the dealership's service department, Sesaoi said.