Hours after a series of carjackings prompted investigations involving police in Edmonton, and RCMP in Alberta and Saskatchewan, police in that province said one suspect had been arrested, and the search was on for a second suspect. The auto had been involved in an armed carjacking in Edmonton. A man was found at that scene suffering from gunshot wounds to his shoulder and neck.
At around 12:30 a.m. Thursday, RCMP were given a heads up that Edmonton police were following a black Ford Fusion they said was involved in an armed carjacking in the city.
At the same time, RCMP were called to reports of shots fired at the Holiday Inn Express on Broadmoor Boulevard in Sherwood Park, RCMP said in a news release.
About five minutes later, another armed carjacking occurred at the Flying J gas station.
Shortly after, a black Ford Fusion was discovered on fire near Highway 16 and Range Road 195, east of Edmonton.
The suspects are believed to be armed and unsafe, and should not be approached. Investigators have yet to confirm that the burned vehicle is the same one used in the carjacking.
RCMP said the Chrysler 300 was seen speeding through the Vegreville area and was later found in Saskatchewan.
RCMP believe the suspect or suspects involved are now in Saskatchewan.
He was conscious and "appeared to have non-life threatening injuries" when he was transported to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, RCMP said. People are being asked to report any suspicious activity, vehicles or persons in the Maidstone area to police immediately.
Police did not say how many suspects were involved, and could not give a description.