One dead af­ter gun­fire erupts out­side Ed­mon­ton club on Fam­ily Day

Cape Breton Post - - CLASSIFIED -

ED­MON­TON (CP) — One man died and an­other was in hospi­tal af­ter gun­fire erupted in down­town Ed­mon­ton on Fam­ily Day.

Po­lice say they were called to the area around the Twi­light Af­ter­hours club and the Chez Pierre strip club Mon­day morn­ing as peo­ple who were work­ing on the pro­vin­cial hol­i­day made their way to their offices.

Po­lice found one man dead in­side a sport util­ity ve­hi­cle and an­other per­son in­jured on the side- walk.

Some pa­trons were still in­side the Twi­light club dur­ing the shoot­ing and were be­ing ques­tioned by po­lice.

“It’s an af­ter-hours club that is in this area and we are speak­ing to the peo­ple within the club,” said Ed­mon­ton po­lice Insp. De­nis Ju­binville.

The street in front was blocked for much of the morn­ing while homi­cide in­ves­ti­ga­tors did their work.

The down­town was qui­eter than usual be­cause of the Fam­ily Day hol­i­day.

That area of down­town Ed­mon­ton, just west of the city’s core, has been the scene of vi­o­lence in the past.

The worst in­ci­dent hap­pened in 2006 when three peo­ple were shot and killed in­side the for­mer Red Light Lounge. Twi­light now op­er­ates in the base­ment of that build­ing.

Dwayne Nel­son was con­victed of sec­ond-de­gree mur­der in the shoot­ing that left three oth­ers, in­clud­ing a bouncer, in­jured. His trial heard how the gun­fire broke out af­ter a fight over a spilled drink.

In 2007, Thanh Van Phan, 19, was stabbed to death out­side Twi­light.

Last Septem­ber, shots were fired in­side that club but no one was in­jured. At the time, the club’s owner said a group of men rushed past the metal de­tec­tors and one of them started fir­ing.

Still, the city coun­cil­lor for the area said he felt that the level of vi­o­lence had been de­clin­ing prior to Mon­day’s shoot­ing.

“It felt like we had a spate of stuff for a while, then it felt like it slowed down,” said Ben Hen­der­son. “Ob­vi­ously, this kind of thing is up­set­ting when it hap­pens.”

Hen­der­son said the shoot­ings may be part of a pat­tern in which dis­putes that used to be set­tled with fist fights now end in gun­fire.

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