Downtown shooting leaves one man dead
Published Monday, February 15, 2010 5:50PM MST
Police were called outside a downtown Edmonton bar early Monday morning after gunshots were heard. One man was injured and another male was found dead inside a vehicle a block from the scene.
"We have one deceased and we do have one other individual who was injured," explains Insp. Denis Jubinville with the Edmonton Police Service.
Around 8 a.m., officers pulled up in front of the Twilight after hours club located at 105 St. and 100 Ave. A victim was found by police suffering from gunshot wounds. Paramedics were then called to rush the person to hospital with serious injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.
Around that same time, police discovered a deceased man, believed to be in his 20s, inside a vehicle parked about a block away from the scene. Investigators have not determined a connection between the two shootings but say at least one of the men was inside the club just before violence erupted. Patrons inside Twilight say they weren't aware of the incident until after staff shut the music off. The bar was set to remain open until noon, but was closed shortly after police arrived.
A witness says he heard gunshots while he was in his hotel room at the Comfort Inn across 100th Ave.
"We heard the five or six shots go off...I love photography so I thought I'd go down and see what I could get and sure enough there was somebody laying on the sidewalk and police everywhere," Kevin Cafferky tells CTV.
The area is no stranger to gunfire. Back in Sept. of 2009, a shooting occurred at the Twilight after hours club. Witnesses reported that someone came into the club and fired about several shots inside the club before going outside and firing a few more shots.
Prior to that, in November 2007, Thanh Van Phan was stabbed to death at Twilight and three people were murdered at the club in Oct. 2006 when it was called the Red Light Lounge.
Those who work nearby feel it's time for the Twilight after hours club to close.
"This club has been a problem for a number of years, " said Bill Fleming with the First Presbyterian Church of Edmonton located at 105 St. and 100 Ave. "There is drug-dealing in this area, there are shootings in this area. I come out Sunday morning and the parking lot is littered with bottles."
Homicide detectives are now involved in the investigation.
With files from Scott Roberts