UPDATE: Man shot in Anders after disrupting break in

By Josh Hall (Twitter: @Vancan19) and Troy Gillard (@Troy_Gillard)
September 12, 2017 - 1:10pm Updated: September 13, 2017 - 9:59am

A 23-year-old man was sent to hospital after he was assaulted he interrupted a break in the Anders neighbourhood Tuesday afternoon.

Red Deer RCMP were called to the areas of Asmundsen Avenue and Aikman Close at 12:15 p.m.

Police say the victim surprised the suspect while they were breaking into the victim’s garage and that a struggle between the two ensued.

The suspect was carrying a short-barrel small calibre firearm and a machete. The victim suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his back and a number of cuts in the struggle. 

The suspect was gone by the time police arrived on scene. Mounties have released the following description:

- Aboriginal male

- 5’8” to 5’10” tall

- Early 20s

- 140 – 160 lbs, thin build

- Sunken face

- Black hair that fell above his shoulders

- Wearing a black hat, a blue turtleneck compression shirt under a black zip-up hoodie, baggy faded blue jeans and skate shoes

- Carrying a short barrel firearm with a light-coloured wood stock and a black strap

Tuesday's incident did not impact any schools in the area, Mounties say.

A man who said he was moving into his girlfriend's home on Asmundsen Avenue told rdnewsNOW they’d left for about an hour to get another load of stuff to move in and when they returned, police had surrounded the home.

His girlfriend, who owns the home, says they are just glad the incident didn't turn out worse.

"We are extremely relieved that no one was home during the incident," she said, also asking that her name not be released. 

"It was a blessing that [we] had to run out quickly. There was a machete recovered in our house. I shudder to think about what could have happened."

The couple isn't commenting any further at this time. It's not yet known if they know the victim of the assault. 

RCMP say they are looking into whether Tuesday's incident is related to a shooting Monday afternoon where a victim was shot with a small calibre weapon in an alley in downtown Red Deer. It was unclear from that victim’s non-life-threatening injuries, according to Mounties, if the weapon was a BB gun or a small calibre rifle. That suspect was described as possibly Aboriginal, wearing a black hoodie with the hood up.

If you have information on either incident, contact the Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or report it online at www.tipsubmit.com.

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