Canada-wide warrant issued for suspect in Alberta shooting death
Published Saturday, February 9, 2013 8:43AM EST
A Canada-wide arrest warrant has been issued for a suspect wanted in connection with the recent shooting death of a teen in a central Alberta aboriginal community.
The RCMP issued a warrant on Friday for Lindsey Allen Bruno, 19, in connection with the death of 16-year-old Levonne Baptiste.
Police said both Bruno and Baptiste are affiliated with gangs and believe the shooting was gang-related.
Baptiste died after being shot on the Samson Cree First Nation in Hobbema, Alta., last weekend.
Police were called to the Samson Cree First Nation for a firearms call around 4:15 a.m. on Feb. 2. When police arrived, they found Baptiste suffering from gunshot wounds. He was taken to hospital, but died from his injuries.
RCMP Insp. Charles Wood said the investigation is ongoing, but they have identified a suspect.
“The suspect we’ve identified is obviously who we believe is responsible for his death,” Wood said.
Bruno has black hair and is around five feet ten inches tall and weighs around 160 pounds.
Both the suspect and victim are resident of Hobbema, which is located around 90 kilometres south of Edmonton.
Woods this week praised the community for working with police to help them name Bruno as a suspect.
“These charges send a strong message that the people of Hobbema have decided to break down that wall of silence," Wood said.
"People are now coming forward with their information. We have built a sense of confidence and we will do anything we can to assist anyone who will talk," added Councillor Kirk Buffalo, of the Samson Cree Nation.
At one time there were believed to be up to 13 gangs in the area, with as many as 300 members.
“Currently we believe there are three main gangs with approximately 100 members," Wood said. "The gang situation it is a very fluid and dynamic situation. It fluctuates over the years."
Officers warn that the suspect should not be approached. Anyone who has seen the suspect or knows where he may be is asked to contact Hobbema RCMP at 780-585-4600 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
With files from CTV Edmonton’s David Ewasuk