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Monday, 28 July 2008

Indian Posse gang have taken another life

Hobbema RCMP said they were called to a shooting at about 2:30 a.m. yesterday.
A short time later, a second gun shooting was reported at a separate location in the Samson townsite. Mounties determined that there was an exchange of gunfire between the occupants of two residences. One man suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. Hobbema RCMP have taken two men into custody for questioning.
The teenage victim was pronounced dead at the scene. His name was being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
The teen victim, according to the family friend, was part of a group of older teens that had gotten together to oppose the gangs causing trouble in the community.
"What's happened is a bunch of families, their kids have come together to stand up against the IP (Indian Posse) gang. Some might be gang members and some aren't, but they're standing up against the gangs moreso because they're the ones who have created a lot of trouble in the community, and now they (Indian Posse) have taken another life." The Hobbema band council formed a Safe Community Task Force in the wake of a horrifying drive-by shooting April 13 that left Asia Saddleback, a 23-month-old girl, wounded. A gun amnesty program was announced July 23 and is due to begin Aug. 1. A teen curfew of 10 p.m. was also started three months ago. The family friend said the band council shouldn't be telling the media they're getting a handle on crime in the community.
"I don't know how the chief can go to the media and say we have a healthy community when we really don't," she said. "I know what's happening and it hasn't improved."
An autopsy is slated for tomorrow. The investigation continues.
Meanwhile, Edmonton police homicide detectives continued to probe the unexplained shooting death of a 33-year-old man Saturday in the west end. Police said the man died after someone dropped him off at a city hospital with suspicious life-threatening injuries. Cops believe the shooting took place somewhere near 172 Street and 94 Avenue between 5 and 6 a.m., but figuring out exactly where it happened has been difficult. Police spokesman Jeff Wuite said the original call about the case came from staff at the hospital.



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