Yukon traveller is witness to Edmonton shootout

RV driver says shooting happened fast, saw bloodied man escape

A Yukon woman says she's lucky to have escaped injury after being caught in the middle of a shoot out in Edmonton.

Scarlet Knight was in her recreational vehicle on Whyte Avenue on the city's south side.

She heard a sound she describes as a rapid "pop pop pop" and didn't immediately realize she was in danger.

"I heard a whole bunch of shots. I wasn't sure if it was paintball," she said. "I soon realized it wasn't fireworks or paintball or anything like that. It was a gun."

The shootout happened around her RV and quickly ended.

"I saw a kid get into a car, and he had blood all over his back and I could see it was blood red, it wasn't paintball stuff. They took off right away and there were maybe three more kids running." Edmonton RCMP say two men were sent to hospital — one with serious injuries — after the shooting occurred near Whyte around 1:45 a.m. Sunday.

Staff Sgt. Steven Chwok from the city’s Southwest Division 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."

LINK: 'Whyte Avenue shooting not random, police say' (CBC Edmonton)