The City of Edson is reunited by the grieving family of a store worker shot to death during a robbery

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The city of Edson is rallying after a store clerk was shot and killed during a daytime robbery Thursday.

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Just after 5:30 p.m. Thursday, officers were called to the shooting at the sporting goods business on 50 Street in the city about 200 km west of Edmonton. Riders say a man unknown to the staff entered the store with a gun and, while attempting to rob the store, fired a gun, wounding the employee.

The worker suffered critical injuries and was taken to hospital by emergency medical services (EMS) where he later died.

RCMP said the suspect fled the area in a vehicle, leaving behind a weapon. Although police later located the vehicle, no suspects have been detained.

In a Facebook post on Friday, Edson Mayor Kevin Zahara said the community is deeply saddened by the man’s death.

“We offer our sincerest condolences to the family who are dealing with incredible pain after this tragic event,” said Zahara.

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“In true Edson fashion, I know our community will join them and provide support in any way we can. We also offer our thoughts and prayers to the business owner, colleagues and friends. ”

In a separate Facebook post, Coun. Peter Taylor echoed Zahara’s words. “I offer my condolences to the family of the victim,” he said.

City and Mounties leaders are asking that anyone with information about the robbery contact the police by calling the Edson RCMP detachment at 780-723-8822 or the local police department. Tips can also be submitted anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by contacting them online at www.P3Tips.com.

Shop owners being injured or killed during robberies is still relatively rare in Alberta.

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But in 2015, Ricky Cenabre and Karanpal Singh Bhangu worked as clerks at two independent South Edmonton Mac stores. Both were shot and killed in two separate robberies on December 18, 2015, after three people, including a young man who had 13 years at the time, they entered stores with masks, gloves, and a gun and demanded cash, lottery tickets, and cigarettes.

In 2018, Iain Armstrong died of his injuries after colliding with a man who tried to steal a cash box from a newsstand at Edmonton’s Southgate Center. Armstrong owned a florist in the mall. He was hit six times, fell and hit his head and suffered cardiac arrest. They took him off life support three days later.

In 2020, a Bluffton City General Store employee was shot during an armed robbery. After a suspect refused to pay for gas and groceries at the central Alberta village store, the clerk confronted the man and was shot. The secretary suffered a non-life threatening injury.

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