Airdrie Mall Shooting Update - Southern Alberta District Crime Reduction Unit Lays Charges

Three males have been arrested and charges have been laid following an investigation into a shooting incident on September 16th at the CrossIron Mills mall near Balzac.

Rocky View County, Alberta ~ Following a shooting that occurred on September 16th at CrossIron Mills near Balzac, the Southern Alberta District (SAD) Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) was engaged to take carriage of the investigation.

The SAD CRU identified three males involved in this incident and have now laid charges. On November 10th three males - all from Calgary - were arrested.

25-year-old Dakota Brandon Bolton is charged as follows:

- Attempted murder
- Conspiracy to commit murder
- Disguise with intent
- Using a firearm while committing an offence
- Using a firearm without having a license
- Fail to comply with a recognizance

35-year-old Carl James Schuyler is charged as follows:

- Attempted murder
- Conspiracy to commit murder
- Possession of stolen property over $5,000
- Fail to comply with a recognizance

37-year-old Jari Erkki Manner is charged as follows:

- Attempted murder
- Conspiracy to commit murder
- Fail to comply with a recognizance (x2)

Judicial Interim Release hearings have been held and all three accused remain in custody. Bolton and Schuyler are set to appear in provincial court in Airdrie via CCTV on November 14. Maner is to appear in provincial court in Airdrie on November 12, 2019.

While the RCMP cannot provide information about the nature of the motive behind the shooting, investigation indicates that this was a targeted incident.

“The safety of the mall patrons was ensured by the swift actions of the CrossIron Mills Mall Security personnel, mall employees and the immediate response of our partner, Calgary Police Service” says Constable Burton of the SAD CRU. “We had assistance in this investigation from Airdrie RCMP members, and as a whole, the collaboration with all different agencies, units, and businesses, ensured this successful outcome.”

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BACKGROUND:

UPDATE #1

September 17th, 2019

Airdrie RCMP Provide Mall Shooting Ipdate

Rocky View County, Alberta ~ At approximately 7:09 p.m. on September 16, 2019, Airdrie RCMP and Calgary Police Service responded to a report of an active shooter at the CrossIron Mills mall located in Balzac, Alberta.

Numerous resources were deployed to this incident including RCMP, CPS, RCMP Police Dog Services, the RCMP Emergency Response Team, Airdrie Municipal Enforcement, Rocky View County Enforcement and Fire Department, EMS, CPS Hawcs and CPS canine unit. Assistance was also provided by Cochrane and Strathmore RCMP detachments.

Upon arrival it was determined that the shooting occurred in the parking lot of CrossIron Mills mall near the food court entrance and one male was injured. He was taken to hospital with serious injuries. He is still being treated and his location will not be released at this time.

The male suspect had a slender build, was dressed fully in black and he was wearing a ball cap and hood. The suspect and an accomplice fled the scene in a black 2019 Dodge Ram 4 door pick up truck and we are still looking to identify who these individuals are. Attached is a picture of what this truck would look like.

RCMP and CPS were on scene for numerous hours. The mall was placed in a “secure in place” while officers cleared the mall. It was several hours before all civilians were evacuated safely. The RCMP would like to thank CrossIron Mills Mall Security in their assistance in providing loudspeaker direction to the patrons that helped to ensure everyone remained calm and were safe. Approximately 600 employees and several thousand patrons were safely evacuated from the mall.

Airdrie and District Victim Assistance unit was called last night and will continue to support citizens who were impacted by the incident. If you or a loved one has been impacted, please reach out to ADAC at 403.945.7290. To connect immediately with a counsellor please call the Distress Center.

If you have information regarding this incident, you are asked to contact Airdrie RCMP at 403-945-7200 or your local police service. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 online at www.P3Tips.com or by using "P3 Tips" app available through the Google Play or the Apple App Store.

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