With files from AM 630 CHED Edmonton
Charges are pending against three males, including a 13-year-old boy, after two fatal robberies in Edmonton Friday morning.
The shootings happened at two separate Mac’s stores.
Police received an emergency alarm from the first Mac’s store in the early hours of the morning, and a police car was dispatched when calls to the store went unanswered.
Both store clerks died of their injuries
Police Chief Rod Knecht says that’s when an injured clerk was found by police.
“He (the responding officer) called for assistance and a second patrol car arrived shortly thereafter. That second vehicle was driven by a police officer who was formerly a paramedic.”
The two officers secured the scene and began CPR, but their efforts were unsuccessful.
The man, identified by police as Karanpal Singh Bhangu, 35, died in hospital Friday morning as a result of a gunshot wound to the stomach.
Second store targeted shortly after the first
About 15 minutes after the initial alarm, a 911 call came in about an incident at another Mac’s convenience store.
There, a delivery driver had arrived and found a trail of blood leading to the store room.
Inside a clerk was injured and bleeding on the floor. He died on scene.
Police have not been able to notify his next of kin so his identity is not being released, but police have confirmed he was 41.
Suspects caught on security camera
Three masked suspects were caught on security footage at the second Mac’s store.
Knecht says once they learned both locations hit were Mac’s stores, they then sent officers to check other locations.
“Two of our police officers were patrolling adjacent to a Mac’s store at the Callingwood shopping centre on 178 street when they observed a suspicious vehicle, The officers noted that the clothing of the males in that car matched the description of the males provided from the video.”
Chief of Police calls violence “senseless and random”
When police approached, a car chase ensued before the three suspects were arrested without incident.
All three have been potentially linked to other robberies in Edmonton.
The police chief condemned the actions of the three men.
“Two innocent people lost their lives today and there are family members here and oversees that will have their holiday season devastated by this news. We should be outraged as a community.”