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Stettler, Alberta, gunman was a funeral director

05/29/2012 04:07 EDT | Updated 07/29/2012 05:12 EDT

The man who killed himself after police say he shot a woman near Stettler, Alta., was a licensed funeral director in Red Deer, CBC has learned.

Dustin Goddu, 31, was a "super employee," said Gord Mathers, owner of Parkland Funeral Home.

Goddu worked at the home for seven years and was one of the most compassionate and caring people he has ever worked with, said Mathers.

Mathers told CBC News he did not detect any signs that Goddu was troubled.

A minister, who's now retired but who worked with Goddu, said she is in total shock and that she would never have seen this coming.

Goddu was perfect for his job with grieving families because he was so gentle and compassionate, said Leanne Hall who met with Goddu's family Tuesday morning.

His family is devastated, she said. Goddu was not married, but was a father, she said.

Hall said Goddu had no history of mental illness.

Victim ordered into vehicle

The victim, identified by her mother as Krista Dryden, was walking on the road when she was approached by a man in a vehicle who told her to get in or he would shoot her, said Irene Dryden.

Krista refused and was shot, she said.

Her daughter is still in hospital in stable condition after being shot in the shoulder, Dryden told CBC News.

Krista did not know the man who shot her, said Dryden, who declined to say anything more about the shooting.

The incident happened about 9 a.m. Monday.

Police located Goddu who, police say, fled the scene after the shooting.

The RCMP’s Emergency Response Team surrounded a rural area near Castor, east of Stettler, for eight hours before discovering Goddu had shot himself.

Stettler is 79 kilometres east of Red Deer.

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