Hobbema Reserve Shooting
September 6, 2011 by staff
Police were called to a house just before 3 am MT on Monday at the Samson Cree village, where he met the woman with neck wounds, the RCMP said.
Police said they had a party at the house when he shot out. The woman was taken to hospital in Wetaskiwin where he was pronounced dead.
Woman’s name was not released, pending confirmation of her identity and notification of her family, RCMP spokesman Const. Perry said the cardinal. No arrest has been made.
The shooting happened in the house next to where Ethan Yellowbird, 5, was shot to death in her sleep in July, when someone fired at the house. No arrest has been made in that case.
RCMP said it is too early to connect the two deaths.
“We will not jump to conclusions is related,” said Cardinal CBC News. “We have no reason, and we can not even tell if it is gang related at this time.”
However, the cardinal said, there has been an increase in violence in the community in 2011.
“He’s been happening [in], even from the beginning of January,” said the cardinal. “We had the shots, and I’m not saying that every day, but I think we have to make people more aware of it … and we do what we can.”
The spokesman said that the community can help to combat police violence.
“People have to be alert,” he said. “One lady told me that people have to take your head out of the sand. This will not stop until we start pointing the finger at those who are doing it. It’s supposed to be at peace and we must be able to live in our homes safely. Make people accountable that are causing the pain. ”
A policeman’s face problem is fear that prevents many witnesses to step forward, the Cardinal said.
“It’s a trust factor, and still most important thing is confidence,” said the cardinal. “We have people to protect, but we still have a crime that must be resolved.”
An autopsy has been ordered, but no date has been set, the cardinal said.
Louis Roy, an elder Samson, who advises the RCMP, said his first reaction to the murder was “Oh no, not again.”
Louis said he has been more than 40 shootings since the start of the year.
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