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08/02/2018 21:45 EDT | Updated 08/29/2018 10:02 EDT

German Tourist Shot In The Head While Driving On Alberta Highway

Police have asked for the public's help.

A tourist from Germany was shot in the head while driving down a highway near Morley, Alta.
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A tourist from Germany was shot in the head while driving down a highway near Morley, Alta.

UPDATE - Aug. 3, 2018: RCMP arrested one man as part of their investigation. They said they have ruled out road rage as a motive, but are working through several theories. Police added they believe they shooting was intentional, but that the tourist family were not the "intended targets."

UPDATE - Aug. 28, 2018: A 16-year-old youth has been charged with attempted murder in this incident, as well as 13 other charges, including possession of a prohibited firearm.

Police in Cochrane, Alta., are investigating after a German tourist was shot in the head while driving, CBC News reports. Police told the news network that the shooting may have been the result of road rage.

The 60-year-old victim was driving on Highway 1A near the Alberta town of Morley, 55 kilometres west of Calgary, when he was shot. He lost control of the car, causing it to veer off the road and crash into a tree, investigators told CTV News.

He was airlifted to a Calgary hospital in life-threatening condition, EMS officials told Global News. According to RCMP Sgt. Tom Kalis, the man sustained "a serious, penetrating wound to the skull."

The man's wife and children were in the car too, but they were not injured, reported Global.

"One of the theories that we're examining at this time is that there may be a road rage incident involving ... a small black car that was travelling in a similar direction and was passing this truck at the time of the impact and the gunshot," Kalis told Global. "We're not seeing any evidence that would support other theories."

Kalis told CBC News that the family was travelling to Banff National Park. He underscored that it appeared to be a "very uncommon incident."

Anyone with information is asked to call the Cochrane RCMP at 403-851-8000.

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