Charges have been laid following the shooting of a German tourist earlier this month.
On August 2, a 60-year-old German man was travelling east on Highway 1 through the Stoney Nakoda First Nation territory with his family when he was shot in the head by someone in an adjacent vehicle that had been passing on his left.
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The German man’s vehicle went several hundred metres before crashing into a tree, according to a release from Cochrane RCMP.
The man was first taken to an Alberta hospital but was then flown back to Germany with his family. He survived the incident, though is described as having had serious and life-altering injuries as a result.
22 days after the initial incident, Cochrane RCMP — with the assistance of several supporting units — located and arrested a 16-year-old male suspect within the Stoney Nakoda First Nation.
The boy’s name can not be published as he is protected under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, and he has been charged with 14 offences including discharging a firearm with intent, possession of a prohibited weapon, and attempted murder.
Police have seized the firearm believed to have been used in the shooting and will be comparing the gun with the bullet recovered from the victim’s head by German surgeons.