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Monday, April 01, 2013

Edmonton pizza shop slaying may be gang related


Edmonton pizza shop slaying may be gang related

POLICE INVESTIGATE A SHOOTING THAT LEFT ONE MAN DEAD AND ANOTHER INJURED AT MAMA'S PIZZA AT 28 AVENUE AND MILL WOODS ROAD AROUND 10:30 P.M. ON SATURDAY NIGHT. INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE THE SHOOTING IS GANG RELATED


ALLISON SALZ | QMI AGENCY
EDMONTON --Edmonton cops are looking for a suspect after a shooting at a pizza shop left one man injured and another dead.Shots rang out inside Mama's Pizza, at 28 Avenue and Mill Woods Road, around 10:30 p.m. Saturday.
One man was struck in the leg and is listed in stable condition in hospital, Staff Sgt. Phill Werth said.
The other, identified as Blair Michael Cunningham, 29, was hit in the shoulder and died of his injuries in hospital about an hour later.
"From indications that we know, it's not a random event. The parties were known to each other from what we can ascertain at this point," Staff Sgt. Warren Driechel said.
Werth said he recognized one of the victims from his time on the gang unit but Driechel later said it is too early to say whether the shooting was gang-related.
He added that officers are currently in the process of narrowing down potential suspects.
Police tape surrounded the complex, which houses a tanning salon, medicentre and a daycare among other businesses.
About 40 to 50 people were inside the restaurant, which also serves as a late-night neighbourhood watering hole, when gunfire erupted.
Several residents arrived for a beverage only to find police lights and officers everywhere.
Officers were also seen looking over a silver Escalade pickup in the parking lot, while others interviewed witnesses.
One man said he was inside the bar when the shooting happened, but was too shocked to tell what he saw.
If police determine the shooting is a homicide, this would be the city's fifth of the year.
The gunfire comes just hours after a man was shot in residential downtown Saturday morning.
Cops say around 6:30 a.m. they received reports of a single gunshot in the area of 108th Avenue and 111 Street.
They arrived to find a man in his 20s suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg, in a large pool of blood.
So far no suspects have been identified.

It's also the third shooting in a week, last weekend a man was critically wounded after a shooting in a southwest residential neighbourhood.
But police say there is nothing to suggest that gunplay is on the rise.
"I wouldn't say it's a big increase (in shootings,)" Werth said. "It's a big city, with a lot of people. These things happen."
- with files from Pamela Roth and Codie McLachlan
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