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Targeted shooting near northeast Calgary school sends bystander to hospital in serious condition

An early Friday afternoon shooting in the northeast Calgary neighbourhood of Pineridge sent one person to hospital in serious but non-life-threatening condition and put two schools into lockdown.

Investigators believe the shooting was targeted but the gunshot struck an innocent bystander instead of the intended target.

Stuart Brideaux, an EMS public education officer, confirmed to Global News that a paramedic crew was called to the 200 block of Pinemill Way Northeast shortly after 1 p.m. for reports of a shooting.

An adult, gender not released, was taken by ambulance to the Foothills Medical Centre for treatment of a gunshot wound. No other injuries have been reported.

A suspect vehicle was located a short time later several blocks away, near the intersection of 32nd Avenue and 60th Street Northeast. The vehicle had been abandoned, windows had been shattered and, according to police, someone had attempted to set the interior on fire.

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The suspect vehicle in an Oct. 27 shooting in Pineridge was found abandoned several blocks away. Someone had attempted to set the interior of the vehicle on fire. Global News

The location of the shooting was near Clarence Sansom School, a Grade 6 through 9 school, but students were not in class as the school has early dismissal at 12:30 p.m. on Fridays.

Calgary Board of Education officials say the incident did not occur on school property but two schools in the area — Clarence Sansom School, where students had already been dismissed, as well as Lester B. Pearson High School — were placed under lockdown. Afternoon dismissal at Lester B. Pearson was delayed but students have since been allowed to leave.

“All students are safe, and the Calgary Board of Education has established processes for schools to follow during lockdowns and emergencies,” said a CBE spokesperson in a statement to Global News. “These processes were followed by students and staff during this event.”

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