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3 reported dead in Canadian university shooting…

  6/18/2012
Summary:Three people were shot and killed at the University of Alberta overnight Thursday, Edmonton police confirm.

A fourth victim is in hospital with critical injuries, said Staff Sgt. Erik Johnson with Edmonton police southwest division.

Police were called to reports of gunshots at the University of Alberta’s HUB Mall, which runs the length of several blocks along 112th Street, shortly after midnight following what they believe was a robbery attempt involving an armoured car company.

Three of the victims – two men and one woman – died of their injuries.

The fourth victim, also a man, was taken to hospital in critical condition, Johnson said.

He could not provide the name of the company.

HUB Mall was cleared and secured by police, he said. Police believe a lone shooter remains at large. Johnson said the shooter is not believed to be inside HUB Mall. Police do not have plans to evacuate the campus.

Jacqueline Woo, a science student at the U of A and resident of Hub going into her third year, said it was just after 11:30 p.m. on Thursday when she and a friend heard two loud cracks. “We thought it was hammering or some sort of construction,” Woo said, her voice trembling.

The pair of friends left their room to investigate. They found police officers running down the hall. They conferred with other concerned students and realized the two loud cracks had been gunshots. They continued walking to the south side of the mall until they found seven officers in bulletproof vests escorting a wounded man out of the mall on a stretcher.

The man’s shirt was off and his face was bloodied, Woo said.

“It was horrifying,” Woo said. “I could actually smell the blood.”

The two women returned to their room and immediately turned to Twitter to get more information.

Julie Yekimchuk, a fourth year bachelor of arts student at U of A, said news of the shooting spread quickly through the school on social media, with some students reporting they were in “lockdown" at about 12:30 a.m. Friday morning.

“It’s pretty shocking. You never think something like that could happen,” said Yekimchuk.

She said the school was still a busy place with finals and a conference taking place.

Faruque Ishan, a 20-year-old engineering student ran to the transit centre when he heard the commotion, where police were directing students.

“They said ‘just go.’”

It was 2:30 a.m. before he and Shahrul Bistaman, also a 20-year-old engineering student and third-level Hub resident, tried to re-enter the building. Ishan has a classics exam scheduled for 8 a.m. and needs to get back in the building, he said standing in the rain without a jacket, wearing flip-flops.

Three city buses remained at the University Transit Centre to shelter shocked students from a steady rain after dozens of police cars descended on the U of A campus. One ambulance remained on the scene.


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