Grande Prairie Mall Shooting Leaves 3 Injured

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Mounties say three people, including two innocent bystanders, were injured in a shooting at a mall in northwest Alberta.

RCMP Supt. John Ferguson says a couple was grazed by a bullet at the Prairie Mall in Grande Prairie on Thursday afternoon.

Police say two groups of men got into an altercation near the food court and someone fired a gun once.

One of the men was hit, and has a serious, but non life-threatening injury.

Ferguson says the couple's children saw them get injured.

Police searching for suspect

He says police are searching for one suspect.

"Right now one primary suspect, but we are looking to speak with other individuals who were present and who we believe have information pertaining to this incident,'' Ferguson said Friday.

Witnesses described what they saw Thursday.

Jeannette LaFlamme was in the north end of the mall waiting for an appointment.

"All of a sudden, there were people coming in droves on the north end of the mall essentially, not running out of the mall but getting out of the mall as fast as they could,'' she told radio station CJXX/CIKT.

"We had one person come and tell the store to close up shop because two people had been shot at the food court."

"We had one person come and tell the store to close up shop because two people had been shot at the food court.''

Barb Verhaegag had just gone into the mall with her son.

"We heard what sounded like, and was later confirmed by other witnesses, to be a gunshot in the food court,'' said Verhaegag. "We looked around and all the stores were panicky, closing their doors.''

A woman who didn't want her name used told the radio station she saw a group of males ``acting weird'' before they grabbed at a man with a bag and a shot was fired.

(CJXX)

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