Employee dies after shooting during attempted business robbery in Edson, Alta.

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Indominus Sports in Edson was the site of an attempted robbery and shooting on Thursday.  (Real Country Radio - image credit)
Indominus Sports in Edson was the site of an attempted robbery and shooting on Thursday. (Real Country Radio - image credit)

A man working at an outdoor sporting goods store in Edson, Alta., is dead after being shot during an attempted robbery, police said Friday.

RCMP responded to a report of a shooting at Indominus Sports on 50th Street in Edson, 200 kilometres west of Edmonton, around 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

A male suspect armed with a gun entered the store, trying to rob it, police said.

"During the interaction, the suspect discharged the firearm and injured an employee," said Cpl. Tammy Keibel, an RCMP spokesperson.

The suspect fled the business, leaving the weapon behind. He got away in a vehicle that was later found unoccupied a short distance away.

The employee who was shot sustained critical injuries, police said. Emergency medical services took him to hospital where he died as a result of his injuries.

Police have identified the employee as a 44-year-old man from Yellowhead County, RCMP told CBC News Saturday evening.

An autopsy on the victim will be conducted next week.

RCMP police dog services and the forensic identification section were called in to assist.

The Alberta RCMP major crimes unit has taken over the investigation, with help from Edson RCMP.

Keibel believes there was more than one person in the store when the suspect entered, but could not say if they were customers or other workers.

No one else was injured in the shooting, she said.

She couldn't speak to why the suspect left the firearm behind.

"It's just a good thing that it was, that it's now in the hands of the RCMP," she said.

Police, who are still looking for the suspect, have not released a description of them because they wore a mask and gloves during the attempted robbery, RCMP said Saturday.

RCMP have also not released a description of the suspect vehicle. A spokesperson said that's because the vehicle is in their possession, thus not in the public interest.

Family dealing with 'unbelievable grief'

In a statement, Edson Mayor Kevin Zahara said the community is deeply saddened by Thursday's events.

"We offer our sincerest condolences to the family who are dealing with unbelievable grief following this tragic event," Zahara said.

"In true Edson fashion, I know our community will rally around them and provide support any way we can.

"We also offer our thoughts and prayers to the business owner, colleagues and friends. We ask that anyone with information that may assist in the investigation to contact the RCMP immediately."

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