Police respond to a shooting on 113 Street and Jasper Avenue in Edmonton on August 13, 2012.
Credits: CODIE MCLACHLAN/EDMONTON SUN QMI AGENCY
Around 4 p.m. the man, who only wants to be known as Cory, says he was waiting to turn onto Jasper Avenue from 113 Street, when he spotted a dispute brewing across the street.
Instead of turning, he pulled ahead, and it was then he saw something he says he won’t soon forget.
“There were two guys, each had a gun. One guy I saw, point blank, I can still see the black handgun in my head going, “boom! boom! boom!” At first I thought it was a Taser, but then I realized it was a gun,” he said, adding that he heard at least five shots.
“The one guy had his leg up and was just laying into the guy. He looked right at us when he was shooting him.”
Police say a dispute broke out between two groups in a parking lot behind Joey Jasper restaurant at 113 Street and Jasper Avenue.
Shots rang out when the dispute escalated, Insp. Joel Whittaker said.
“At this point it’s too early in the investigation to find out what exactly the disturbance was about,” he said. “Our best guess is it was a dispute that occurred in the parking lot and escalated.”
The 33-year-old victim was tended to by a nurse and paramedic, who were both off-duty at the time. He was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries, and died several hours later.
At least six police cruisers cordoned off the area as officers interviewed witnesses and worked to collect evidence.
Just one street over, a police officer talked to a witness outside an apartment complex. Nearby a duffel bag sat protected by two orange cones.
Shortly after the shots rang out, the patio of the busy downtown eatery still had patrons, and more started to arrive as the hours went on, appearing unconcerned by the police activity.
The man’s name is not being released pending notification of next of kin. An autopsy has not been scheduled.
Two men were seen fleeing the scene in a black SUV. Another fled on foot. Police say they’re working on a suspect description.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the EPS non-emergency line at 780-423-4567 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.