RCMP confirm Highway 2 murder details
Published Saturday, December 17, 2011 12:02PM MST
RCMP have confirmed a 21-year-old man to be responsible for the shooting death of three people on Highway 2 early Thursday morning.
According to details released by police, Mitchell MaClean, 20 and Tanner Craswell, 22 were heading to the Calgary Airport from Lethbridge just after 1 a.m. to fly home to PEI for Christmas.
They were being accompanied by Tabitha Stepple, 21 and Shayna Conway, 21.
Stepple's ex-boyfriend, Derek Jensen, was driving on the highway looking for her.
Around 3 a.m. Jensen found and rammed the rear end of the vehicle.
Conway, who was driving, stopped the vehicle and got out. Jensen also left his vehicle and shot her several times with a Heckler & Koch 9mm hand gun.
Jensen then fired numerous rounds into the car where MaClean, Stepple and Craswell were. Stepple and Craswell were killed but MaClean managed to get out of the vehicle.
Police said they found him in the east ditch of the highway and was being taken to hospital via STARS Air Ambulance but died before he arrived.
Conway was also transported to hospital and underwent surgery.
RCMP said she was able to provide them details of the incident before she left the scene.
Police expect Conway to fully recover.
After shooting all four individuals Jensen then shot himself.
Police say he and Stepple had recently separated and no domestic violence had been previously reported.