One man has been arrested and his vehicle seized by police following a German tourist was shot in the top while driving his family to Banff National Park Thursday.
At 3:20 p.m. Friday mt, Cochrane RCMP seized a black, four-door Chrysler Sebring and detained a guy who was simply at the residence where in fact the motor car was found.
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Police said the man’s involvement in the shooting remains under investigation.
The tourist underwent successful surgery on.
“There may or may possibly not be some permanent damage because of the trauma yesterday,” said Sgt. Tom Kalis of the Cochrane RCMP.
The 60-year-old man, who was simply travelling along with his wife, son and son’s girlfriend in a Dodge Durango, thursday lost control of the automobile after being shot right before noon on. Kalis said the automobile travelled a large distance off the highway and struck a tree. Police were called to a single-vehicle crash on Highway 1A near Morley, Alta., about 55 kilometres of Calgary west.
Highway 1A is a two-lane road that leads to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
Officers who attended the scene of the crash found a bullet hole in the driver’s side window and learned the driver have been shot.
“All of those other family does quite well, but traumatized obviously,” said Kalis.
He said RCMP had received several tips from the general public and were chasing leads in Alberta and B.C.
“We’ve been in a position to narrow our investigation,” he said.
“We are able to concur that [a] black car was passing the Durango operated by the German family and that although it was passing it did lower the passenger side window. A firearm was discharged and created from the inside of the automobile.”
Kalis said the person driving the black car was long white and could have had, dark hair.
The shooting had been investigated as an incident of road rage originally, but police say it had been likely an incident of mistaken identity now.
“None of the occupants of the Durango were the intended targets of the shooting,” RCMP said in a release.
Charges need to be laid yet.
Anyone with information is asked to get hold of RCMP at 1-403-851-8000 or give a tip anonymously through Crime Stoppers.
With files from Carolyn Dunn