Two males were sent to hospital — one with serious injuries — after a shooting occurred near Whyte Avenue around 1:45 a.m. Sunday.
Police received numerous reports of multiple shots being fired in an alley south of Whyte Avenue near 104th Street, said Staff Sgt. Steven Chwok from the city’s Southwest Division.
The males — both in their mid-twenties — were discovered on scene and transferred to hospital before police arrived on scene.
Chwok says officers have now spoken with one victim, who was treated for minor injuries and released earlier on Sunday. The other victim remains in serious but stable condition.
Members of the forensic identification unit are still processing the scene, said Chwok.
Chwok said police cannot yet comment on whether the shooting was drug or gang-related, but said he does not believe it was a random act.
"What’s important for Edmontonians to know is that Whyte Avenue is still a safe place to go," he said. "I don’t believe that this is a random act. It’s something where people are meeting for certain reasons and things happen, simply put."
No description of the shooter is available at present, said Chwok, but added that officers are still culling through security footage, speaking to witnesses and following up with local businesses.
He says he is optimistic that the investigation will progress quickly.
"We’re in the early stages of the investigation and we’ll certainly pursue every avenue to find out who did this," said Chwok.
"We know that there were witnesses in the area, and we encourage the public to help the Edmonton police service in this so that we can find out who's out there with a gun," he added.
Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who has additional information is urged to contact the police at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone.