Teen boy arrested for carrying firearm on Edmonton transit bus, one of several weapon calls to police over the long weekend

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A teen boy is facing multiple weapon-related charges after being found on an Edmonton transit bus with a modified .45 calibre revolver Saturday morning.

Police responded to 118 Avenue and 106 Street near the NAIT campus around 10:40 a.m. to assist transit peace officers after they found a youth asleep on the bus in possession of a firearm, City of Edmonton spokesman Geoff Grimble said in an email to Postmedia.

The boy was in possession of a modified .45 calibre revolver along with five .22 calibre bullets in his pant pockets. The youth was found to have two prior release orders mandating a weapon prohibition, police spokesman Scott Pattison told Postmedia in an email.

Firearm discovered during traffic stop

Edmonton police also recovered another firearm the day prior during a traffic stop near 108 Street and 63 Avenue.

Southwest division patrol officers pulled over a 2011 black Grand Jeep Cherokee around 12:20 p.m. Friday afternoon and suspected the male driver was impaired, Pattison said. Drugs and a .22 calibre firearm were located inside the vehicle. Charges are pending against the driver, identified as 25-year-old Bradley Gay.

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About 30 minutes later, different officers responded to reports of a man arriving at an emergency room with a gunshot wound. The shooting is still under investigation, but Pattision said it was believed to have taken place in the Downtown area. The man suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Six youths charged with assault

Police also arrested six teen boys after an altercation in the Southgate Mall parking lot around 5:45 p.m. Friday.

It was reported to police that the teens, between the ages of 13 and 17, threw a 52-year-old man to the ground and began assaulting him before fleeing the scene in a stolen minivan, Pattison said. Officers followed the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop when the driver of the vehicle fled on foot. A short chase ensued and, with the help of a nearby civilian, the teen was placed under arrest, Pattison said.

The 16-year-old driver was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, obstruction, uttering threats, assault causing bodily harm and several traffic safety act violations. The other five suspects have been charged with assault causing bodily harm. The victim didn’t sustain any serious injuries.

Edmonton Police Association president Sgt. Michael Elliott took to social media Saturday to voice concerns about the slew of violence over the Easter long weekend.

Data from police obtained by Postmedia showed an increase in firearm violence in 2020 with 133 people either killed or injured by guns, up from 95 in 2019.

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