Saturday, December 19, 2015

‘Unnecessary, gratuitous, evil’: 2 clerks shot to death in Edmonton robberies

Two men died Friday morning after a pair of armed robberies in south Edmonton. “It’s heinous acts,” said Police Chief Rod Knecht. “These were extreme acts of violence."

Police said a man was shot at a convenience store at 32 Avenue and 82 Street in Mill Woods at around 3:30 a.m. When officers arrived, they found the injured clerk and began CPR.

He was taken to hospital where he died from a gunshot wound to the stomach.
“While that first incident was being investigated, another call came in at 3:42 a.m. from a different Mac’s store,” Knecht said. Another man had been shot to death at a convenience store at 108 Street and 61 Avenue.

“A delivery man had entered the store and noticed a trail of blood into a back storage room,” Knecht said. “A patrol car was immediately dispatched. Members found a second crime scene and one individual, believed to be an employee, deceased.” The police chief said video evidence from the first store showed three masked individuals were responsible for what was clearly a robbery. Knecht said police believe the victims were working alone when they were killed.
A patrol officer in the Callingwood area spotted the suspects in a stolen Honda Element and followed them. At around 5 a.m., a pursuit started on Whitemud Drive, before the vehicle crashed under the Terwillegar Drive overpass.

Police surrounded the vehicle and arrested three males. All three were wearing masks and one is 13 years old. The others are 24 years old and 26 years old.

35-year-old Karanpal Singh Bhangu