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November 20, 2002

Teens hurt in drive-by shooting

From: Calgary Sun, Canada
Nov. 20, 2002

City police search for gunman, motive

Two teens were shot when gunfire erupted in a possible road-rage incident on Deerfoot Tr. last night, leaving a wounded driver wrestling to bring his car under control.

As the gunmen sped northbound on Deerfoot Tr., the two wounded men sat bleeding in their bullet-riddled car which was successfully pulled over on the shoulder.

Police shut down northbound traffic at the intersection of Barlow Tr. S.E. and put in diversions as cops found shell-casings and debris from the shooting littering the lanes of Deerfoot.

As traffic moved north on Deerfoot Tr. just north of Barlow Tr., a red Honda with two teens inside and a green minivan with two men in it drew alongside each other.

The van pulled past the Honda and as it did so, the passenger in the right front seat opened fire with a large calibre handgun, firing off multiple shots.

"One went through the windshield, bounced off the dash and struck the 15-year-old passenger in the forearm. A second round came through the side window and struck the 18-year-old driver in the left shoulder," said Insp. Peter Jackson.

As the van sped away, the car driver, nursing a bullet wound, was left to bring his vehicle safely into the shoulder with one tire shot out.

Paramedics treated the victims and transported them to the Foothills Hospital.

"Their conditions are not life-threatening," said Jackson.

Officers inspected the car, which had a bullet hole in the windshield, another in the door, and another which took out a tire, in addition to the two which hit the men. One shot also shattered the windshield mirror inside the car.

Police are continuing their investigation and are searching for a motive behind the shooting.

"It is not known at this time if this was a random shooting, a case of road rage, or the individuals may have had a previous altercation at a different location," Jackson said.

Last night, police were seeking two men thought to be Asian males, one wearing a Nike hat, and were asking witnesses who saw or heard the incident to contact them.

If you can help locate these suspects, contact Crime Stoppers at Meanwhile, police arrested a man in connection to a road-rage incident in Edgemont.

Witnesses said the man, driving a newer model Ford truck and trailer, assaulted a deaf woman at a red light.

When the man allegedly grabbed the woman, Calgarian Steve Pointmeier, who was about five cars away at the red light, jumped out of his vehicle, grabbed the man and held him until police arrived.

The unidentified male has been charged with intimidation and two counts of assault.

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