The woman killed in an Edmonton home invasion on Friday night has been identified as 59-year-old Barbara Nelson.

Police attended a home near 119 Avenue and 61 Street around 8:50 p.m. Friday evening, after receiving reports of shots being fired.

When they arrived and entered the house, officers found a man and a woman with undetermined injuries.

Nelson, who was taken to hospital, later died from her injuries.

The 56-year-old man’s injuries were considered serious; he was also taken to hospital and remained there on Saturday.

Police said the assailants fled the area prior to their arrival. No vehicle or person descriptions were released.

However, investigators believe the incident was targeted.

The owner of a neighbouring home said the victim’s house was usually pretty busy with people coming and going.

On Friday night, he heard of extra commotion.

“One of my tenants called me and said there was a lot of noise next door. So we came up, and sure enough it was all taped off,” Kris Samy recalled.

He said he has had his vehicle stolen from the Montrose area, and that small crime happens frequently there—“but nothing like that. Nothing serious like that.”

The homicide section is investigating and an autopsy is scheduled for Jan. 21.

Police said releasing Nelson’s name served an investigative purpose.

Those with information related to the incident are asked to call EPS at 780-423-4567 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

With files from Timm Bruch