Edmonton City Hall shooter was ‘heavily armed,’ police chief says

Edmonton City Hall shooter was 'heavily armed,' police chief says
Police were investigating a shooting Tuesday at Edmonton City Hall, where a Molotov cocktail was also thrown from the building's second floor. Police surround city hall during an investigation, in Edmonton, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Edmonton’s police chief says a heavily armed man allegedly acted alone when he entered city hall, fired shots and threw a Molotov cocktail from the building’s second floor.

Dale McFee says a man entered through the parkade and fired shots with a long gun that could fire multiple rounds, shattering glass in the building.

McFee says he then created a small fire outside the elevator.

The chief says an unarmed security guard acted quickly to detain a suspect before police arrived.

He says there is no longer a threat to public safety and no one was injured.

City councillors and the mayor had been at a scheduled meeting of the emergency advisory committee when the shooting happened, and McFee says a Grade 1 class was also visiting city hall today.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Jan. 23, 2024.

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