2023-11-15 04:33:18 UTC
Double murder at a Edmonton shopping area drug dealer 41and his 11 yr old child shot dead. It made the Guardian in the U.K.
Canada reels at ‘deliberate’ killing of boy, 11, in gangland hit targeting father
Police call shooting of unnamed son and his father, Harpreet Uppal, at Edmonton gas station ‘sick and twisted’
Leyland Cecco in Toronto
Fri 10 Nov 2023 20.09 GMT
An 11-year-old boy has been deliberately shot and killed alongside his father in what police have called a “sick and twisted” escalation of gang violence in the Canadian city of Edmonton.
The boy, who has not been named, was sitting next to his 41-year-old father, Harpreet Uppal, in their vehicle outside an Edmonton gas station on Thursday when they were attacked, police said on Friday. Another child, a friend of the boy, was also present but physically unharmed.
“Mr Uppal was followed with the intention of finding him and ending his life. And it happened,” Edmonton police Acting Supt Colin Derksen told reporters. “The young boy, his son … we don’t know if he was targeted in that sense. What we do know is that once the shooter or shooters learned the son was there, they intentionally killed him … He wasn’t caught in the crossfire or killed by mistake. That is sick and twisted.”
Police said it was “just too early” to publicly identify the younger victim.
A burned-out vehicle found nearby is believed to be tied to the shooting.
Officers confirmed Uppal was known to police and had previously been shot and wounded in an attack at a pizza restaurant in 2021. On that occasion he was also with his family, when a man walked up to a window directly in front of them and fired multiple shots through the glass. Only Uppal was injured in that attack.
Autopsies on Uppal and his son have been scheduled for early next week.
“With a heavy heart, I contemplate how it’s conceivable for a child to be killed in such a tragic manner like this,” Alberta’s premier, Danielle Smith, said in a statement. “Like many of you, I am concerned with the rise in gun violence in our neighbourhoods.”
Edmonton, like other metropolitan areas across the country, is grappling with an increase in shootings and gang-related crimes. But the death of a child has intensified police efforts to solve Thursday’s daylight shooting.
“We’re going to give it everything we got,” said Derksen. “We’re pulling out all the stops. We lost a child here.”
Obviously I don't know these two but I hear H.A. children and Surrey H.A. children make death threats and giving gang orders to ppl some as young as 6 go ahead and blow them away in front of Mom and Granny as far as I'm concerned. Why Child Protective Services does not put these children in foster care I don't know. I was in East Van the other day Indo guy with 4 children one boy like 12 expressed fear "they' would keep hurting him. I had two gang children yell crap at me at Red Robin restaurant on 152 St. like 6 years old the other day. The head office sent a email back but did not say they talked to staff or reviewed the video waiter said he wanted me dead. The Mom of the two little creepies said I had to leave my apt immediatly and named the building I lived in. Hey police lock these criminal conspirators up.