After a night filled with loud Canada Day fireworks, residents of Edmonton’s southern neighborhood of Hazeldean woke up Saturday morning to louder noise.
“I heard a loud car this morning and then some pops, pops and that’s what woke me up,” said Hazeldean resident Will Mages.
“I heard those two shots,” added another resident, Blaire Charbonneau. “I was waiting and listening if I could hear anything afterwards.”
But Charbonneau didn’t, it’s because the detonations weren’t fireworks but gunshots.
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Mike Corpuz, who also lives in the neighborhood, said he saw what happened shortly after 6 a.m. through his doorbell camera.
“There was an altercation, a red truck parked across the street turned around to head west, then someone came out (from the house next door),” Corpuz said. .
Corpuz added that this is when someone hit the red truck with an object.
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“After that I heard two shots,” Corpuz said. “I rushed out of bed, grabbed my girls and got down. I noticed the window was smashed and bullets entered my daughter’s room.
Corpuz said a stray bullet entered a glass window in the bedroom and another near the front door, thankfully missing him, his wife and three daughters.
“I was freaked out. First of all, I was like, ‘Are my kids okay, is everyone okay? Okay now let’s go, let’s get down, we can’t stay here, we have to phone the police,” Corpuz said of his thought process during the incident.
Neighbors watched as EPS Tactical arrived at Corpuz’s nearby house.
“Just hearing over the loudspeaker, the swat guys (saying): ‘Get out of your house, put your guns down if you’re armed, put your guns down otherwise we’re going in there,'” Charbonneau said.
Police said no one was injured and there was now no risk to the general public.
But that’s little comfort to Corpuz and its neighbors as they want to do more to ensure something like this never happens again in their neighborhood.
“I couldn’t even imagine what we would have done if gunshots had gone through our little girl’s bedroom, I couldn’t imagine what it would feel like right now,” Charbonneau said.
“We were just shot, my kid just got shot,” Corpuz said.
Police said there are no suspects at this time. Police said a vehicle that was seen driving away from the area is being investigated.
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