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One man hurt in shooting outside Sylvan Lake restaurant

The victim was hospitalized and is expected to recover soon

An escalating altercation resulted in a 37-year-old man being shot close to Bukwildz on June 16.

Sylvan Lake RCMP was first called to Lakeshore Drive at around 11:22 p.m. for reports of shots fired.

The victim was hospitalized and is expected to recover soon.

A group of about five individuals are known to have visited a few businesses downtown before making their way towards the restaurant.

A video footage and photos of the suspects have been shared with the police, said business owner Kjeryn Dakin.

Police believe there could potentially be up to three suspects involved.

RCMP is looking for a six foot tall male with dark skin, slim built and dreadlocks styled hair, who was wearing a grey hat and all-black clothing at the time of the incident. A second suspect, who is also known to be six foot tall, dark skinned with short hair and a beard was seen in grey clothing.

Police continue to look for details of a possible third suspect.

“We do believe this was a targeted attack. We believe there was some dispute between the victim and these individuals,” said Cpl. Troy Savinkoff.

Restaurant manager Shelby Van Metre, who is a trained medical professional, could offer immediate help to the victim before the ambulance arrived.

“It’s not something that we see in our community,” Dakin said. “This is definitely a huge one-off. I’ve been in this industry on Lakeshore Drive since 2004 and it is the first time I’ve seen something like this.”

The restaurant was put on a temporary lock down.

“Luckily, it was a quieter Thursday night,” Dakin said.

There were three employees and about half a dozen patrons in the restaurant during the time of the incident.

RCMP continues to investigate the incident. Any witnesses or individuals with dash-cam footage are requested to contact the Sylvan Lake RCMP.