UPDATE at 1:20 EST: Edmonton Police are looking for Travis Brandon Baumgartner, a 21-year-old employee of G4S, who is considered a “person of interest” in last night’s shooting. He drives a blue Ford F-150 truck with plates ZRE 724.
Two men and one woman are dead and a fourth person is in intensive care in a hospital after a shooting at the HUB Mall and Residences at the University of Alberta around midnight.
Edmonton Police spokesman Scott Pattison told The Canadian Press that it was an apparent armed robbery of an armoured vehicle or vehicles. A spokesperson for G4S security confirmed to CBC News that three of their employees were killed. Names have not been released.
The University of Alberta said in a statement that it does not appear any of the victims are university staff or students.
The HUB building houses up to 700 student residents and dozens of businesses. It is currently closed. The rest of the university is open and exams will continue, although individual deferrals are possible. Police are looking for at least one suspect.
Carl Amrhein, Acting President, released this statement at 6:40 a.m. on ualberta.ca:
The university is saddened by this loss of life and we extend our condolences to their loved ones.Counselling and support services are available at Lister Hall for those students affected by this tragedy. HPaWS counsellors are available for staff. We will do all we can to help our community deal with this terrible episode.
At the request of Edmonton Police Services, HUB Mall and residences are to remain closed until 7 p.m. Friday. Residents in HUB may leave the building, but will not be able to re-enter. Any HUB residents who are displaced by this incident or feel they cannot return to HUB, will be accommodated at Lister Hall.Edmonton Police Services are investigating and are the source of official information regarding the incident. Please check www.ualberta.ca for updates related to university operations.