Man shot in face, lives

Gunfire pierced the air of a north-end residential neighbourhood early yesterday, ripping a bullet through a man’s face.

Gunfire pierced the air of a north-end residential neighbourhood early yesterday, ripping a bullet through a man’s face.

The victim, a man in his early 20s, was rushed to hospital after the shooting near 24 Street and 137 Avenue around 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

“Though the bullet tore thorough his facial tissue, he’ll live,” Staff Sgt. Jamie Ewatski said yesterday.

“The gunshot went in, and then exited,” Ewatski said yesterday. “He’s lucky that it struck the fleshy portion of the face — very lucky.”

Though police believe the victim was shot by another man, they’re unable to confirm what happened leading up to the shooting.

Putting the pieces together has been difficult, in part, Ewatski said, because the victim has been unco-operative with investigators.

“I’m sure that after a little time in the hospital, and a little thought process, he might want to co-operate with us.”

No suspects have yet been identified or charged in connection with the shooting.

Police are actively interviewing witnesses who were at the scene and live in the area, Ewatski added.

Meanwhile, police are still searching for suspects in relation to Edmonton’s 14th homicide of 2009.

Shane Edward Howarth, 42, was stabbed to death in front of a crowded transit station on Canada Day. Four people — three men and one woman — are sought by police in connection with the brutal public slaying.

Police have released surveillance photos of the suspects on the EPS website.