Ger­man tourist pulls through surgery af­ter shoot­ing on high­way west of Cal­gary

The Western Star - - CANADA -

MOR­LEY, Alta. - Po­lice say a Ger­man tourist who was shot in the head while driv­ing on a high­way in south­ern Al­berta could have per­ma­nent ef­fects from the in­jury. RCMP say a bul­let pen­e­trated the head of the 60-year-old man, but he was con­scious and talk­ing when he was air­lifted to a Cal­gary hos­pi­tal.

Sgt. Tom Kalis says the man un­der­went surgery Thurs­day night and pulled through, but will likely have last­ing ef­fects.

He says in­ves­ti­ga­tors have been able to con­firm the gun­shot came from a pass­ing ve­hi­cle - de­scribed as a small, older-model, black car.

Kalis says po­lice still don’t have a mo­tive for the shoot­ing, but are in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether it could have been road rage.

The shoot­ing hap­pened just be­fore noon Thurs­day on High­way 1A near Mor­ley, about 60 kilo­me­tres west of Cal­gary.

Kalis says the tourist was driv­ing a truck near the rodeo grounds of Stoney Nakoda First Na­tion when he was shot, caus­ing his ve­hi­cle to hit the ditch and strike a pole.

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