One suspect wanted in connection with a shooting last week at a Grande Prairie shopping mall has been arrested. RCMP say the 23-year-old was arrested by the Calgary police in a hotel in northwest Calgary at around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.
The shooting happened Sept. 15 in the Prairie Mall’s food court. RCMP say a fight broke out between two groups of men, and someone fired a gunshot that injured three people.
A man at the scene suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries. A young couple was also struck and suffered non life-threatening injuries. The mall was evacuated after the shooting.
Investigators say they do not believe the shooting was random.
The man arrested in Calgary faces several charges, including reckless discharge of a firearm, discharging a firearm with intent, and carrying a concealed weapon.
He is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 26.
‘Getting out of the mall as fast as they could’
On the day of the shooting, 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.
“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 walked 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.”
Verhaegag praised RCMP for their quick response, saying half-dozen police vehicles were at the scene by the time she and her son left the mall.