Killing Edmonton’s 30th of the year
Two teenagers are now in custody in what police are calling a drug-related killing that saw a man gunned down inside a high-end condo complex downtown.
Homicide Det. Bill Clark told Metro that two youths, aged 16 and 17, were arrested and charged yesterday in relation to the death of the 35-year-old victim, but wouldn’t comment whether the two suspects knew the man who was found dead inside the Beatty Lofts building on 107 St. and 103 Ave.
The two young offenders are facing charges of first-degree murder and numerous weapons offences.
Police, who said the victim had ties to criminal gang activity, discovered the man after receiving a report of shots being fired at the building about 5:15 a.m. Saturday.
Once they arrived, police say they found the man dead inside the lavish loft building.
Officers with the forensics unit yesterday were pulling garbage bags out of a dumpster across the ally from the building and were also canvassing nearby neighbours and businesses for leads.
"This is usually a quiet place to live and we never see anything like this," said one resident of the building who wished not to reveal her name.
She said the shooting took place on the second floor of the building.
"It was very scary — I just can’t talk about it, it was that scary," said the neighbour.
Detectives haven’t released the identity of the victim, and it’s believed they won’t release that information until an autopsy is completed later this week.
Clark wouldn’t comment if Edmonton’s 30th homicide of the year was gang or drug related.
Meanwhile, homicide cops are also investigating the city’s 29th murder of 2007 as they look into leads in the death of 27-year-old Martin William Kent, who police now believe died after a beating at 144 Ave. and 76 St. May 8. No charges have been laid.
Police are asking anyone who may have information both homicides are asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.