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Shots fired at Maskwacis home, gunman escapes


A suspect remains at large after an armed gunman was seen driving through Maskwacis on Sunday, pointing a gun at people on the street.

Police were called to respond at about 8:30 p.m. when shots were fired toward a home on the Samson Cree Nation townsite, RCMP said in a news release Tuesday.

Shortly after that complaint came in, a man in a blue van was seen pointing a firearm at people in the townsite, about 90 kilometres south of Edmonton.

Investigators believe the incidents are related, and that the same suspect may be responsible, but are also asking for tips on a series of other suspicious events on Sunday.

At 8:50 p.m., a older model blue Dodge Caravan, with several men inside, was spotted driving through rural Ponoka County, RCMP said.

A woman told police that one of the men inside the van pointed a gun at her before speeding toward the neighbouring Louis Bull First Nation community.

At 10:32 p.m., the RCMP were dispatched to a single-vehicle rollover north of the community.

Officers found the wrecked vehicle, but not the driver or passengers.

The van had previously been reported stolen, police confirmed. 

RCMP believe one of the men in the van may have been injured in the crash.

Police are asking anyone with information in the incidents to contact them or Crime Stoppers.



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