Edson Chamber of Commerce asked RCMP help strategize crime prevention prior to store clerk killing

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Weeks before a store clerk was fatally shot during a daytime Edson robbery, the local chamber of commerce asked RCMP to do a presentation on crime prevention for the town’s local businesses due to safety concerns.

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Karen Spencer-Miller, the Edson and District Chamber of Commerce’s president, said the chamber is aware that crime at local businesses needs to be addressed.

She said the presentation will be virtual and is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, less than a week following the fatal shooting at a local store.

“Our local businesses are saddened and on edge that something like this has happened in our town,” Spencer-Miller told Postmedia in a statement.

Edson RCMP were called to a shooting at a local sporting goods store on 50 Street just after 5:30 p.m. on Thursday. Mounties say a man unknown to staff went into the shop with a gun and fired a weapon while attempting to rob the store.

A worker was shot, suffered critical injuries and later died in hospital, RCMP said.

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RCMP said the suspect left the gun behind while fleeing the area in a vehicle. The vehicle was located later by police but a suspect has not been arrested.

“We are deeply saddened by this tragic event at one of our local businesses and would like to extend our condolences to the business owners, their staff and the families affected by this senseless act,” said Spencer-Miller.

Spencer-Miller said the town’s business community is a tight-knit group of people who will be affected by the shooting.

“As a fellow local business owner, an incident like this is our worst fear and I think I can speak for our business community to say we will be here to offer our support to this local business in the days ahead,” she said.

Any business that missed the invite to Wednesday’s presentation can call the chamber of commerce if they would like to participate.

Edson is approximately 200 kilometres west of Edmonton.

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