Rural Alberta community of Consort shaken by shooting deaths

Watch above: Three people were shot to death at two different rural properties near Consort, Alberta. Shallima Maharaj is there with the latest.

EDMONTON – Members of the small rural community of Consort have identified the three people who were fatally shot early Friday morning as Christine Clifford, Joe Sylvester and Shawn Lindsay.

“I didn’t know them very well, but I know a lot of people that did know them and are quite good friends with them. It’s a tragic loss for a few families,” said Codie Beres.

Residents say the victims leave behind young children.

“I feel for the kids that were involved more than anything. Being a mom myself it’s tough to think about little children without their parents because of that kind of violence,” said Nicky St. Pierre, who said she didn’t know the victims personally.

RCMP members from Consort and Provost are focusing their investigation on two rural properties in the Consort area.

Officers were called to one address around 3:30 a.m. Friday and found two men in their 40s that had been shot.

“We received a call from within the residence that there was an incident there involving firearms,” said Staff Sgt. Roberta Mckale with Consort RCMP.

“We have a witness that was within the residence. There were other people there and one of them called us advising us that there was an incident involved and it had progressed to where firearms were involved.”

One of the men was dead and the other was taken to hospital where he later died, according to RCMP.

Officers learned that before this shooting, a woman had been shot by one of the men at her home, another rural property.

“Officers and emergency personnel attended that second location and they did locate a woman, a 44-year-old woman, that had been shot and was deceased,” said Sgt. Josée Valiquette.

All three people knew each other.

“We can confirm that they knew each other,” said Mckale. “I don’t know the in-depth relationships.”

Both properties have been secured by police. The RCMP says the situation is “under control” and they are not looking for any suspects at this time.

Mckale says the victims’ families have been notified.

Watch below: Raw video footage from one of two crime scenes near Consort, Alberta

No officers were involved in the shooting.

RCMP Red Deer Major Crimes Unit is helping in the investigation, along with the RCMP Special Tactical Operations and the Forensic Identification section.

“This is a complicated situation. This is not straightforward,” said Mckale. “This is not as straightforward as what some people are thinking.”

An official with the village would only say the community of 700 people is dealing with a tragedy.

“We have experienced a tragedy today and we are grieving,” said Consort Mayor Roxanne Stillings.

“Events such as these affect every community member so we ask for your compassion and privacy.”

Consort is 220 kilometres east of Red Deer near the Saskatchewan boundary.

Singer k.d. lang, who is from Consort, send a message on Twitter after hearing about the shooting.

With files from The Canadian Press

© Shaw Media, 2014

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