The Edson Chamber of Commerce asked the RCMP to help design a crime prevention strategy prior to the store clerk’s murder.

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Weeks before a store clerk was shot and killed during a robbery in Edson during the day, the local chamber of commerce asked RCMP to give a presentation on crime prevention for local city businesses due to concerns. of security.

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Karen Spencer-Miller, president of the Edson and District Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber is aware that crime in local businesses must be addressed.

He said the presentation will be virtual and is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, less than a week after the fatal shooting at a local grocery store.

“Our local businesses are sad and nervous that something like this has happened in our city,” Spencer-Miller told Postmedia in a statement.

Edson RCMP was called into a shooting at a local sporting goods store on 50 Street just after 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Mounties says a man unknown to staff entered the store with a handgun and fired a gun while trying to rob the store.

One worker was shot, seriously injured and later died at the hospital, RCMP said.

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RCMP said the suspect left the weapon while fleeing the area in a vehicle. The vehicle was later located by police, but no suspects have been detained.

“We are deeply saddened by this tragic event at one of our local businesses and would like to extend our condolences to the business owners, their staff and the families affected by this senseless act,” said Spencer-Miller.

Spencer-Miller said the city’s business community is a tight-knit group of people who will be affected by the shooting.

“As a fellow local business owner, an incident like this is our worst fear and I think I can speak on behalf of our business community to say that we will be here to offer our support to this local business in the coming days,” he said.

Any company that has not received the invitation to Wednesday’s presentation can call the chamber of commerce if they want to participate.

Edson is approximately 200 miles west of Edmonton.

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