Three dead after shooting in central Alberta town of Consort

 A father is grieving his son’s death after three people were killed in shootings near the central-Alberta village of Consort Friday.

The father of Shawn Lindsay said his 42-year-old son was a hardworking man who ran an oilfield business with his brother and always stayed out of trouble.

“He was one of the nicest guys you could meet. He never got in trouble … He’d give you the shirt off his back to help,” Bob said.

Shawn had two sons, a five-year-old and a one-year-old.

Bob and local residents have identified the other victims as Joe Sylvester and Christine Clifford, though RCMP would not confirm any of the three names.

Mounties say the tragedy happened on properties in a rural area near the village, 300 km southeast of Edmonton.

They were called out to the first property around 3:30 a.m. where two men, both in their 40s, were found shot.

One was already dead and the other was brought to hospital where he later died.

Officers learned that a woman had also been shot by one of the two men in another rural residence in the area. Police and EMS personnel went to the other scene where the  44-year-old woman was found dead.

Bob said his son employed Sylvester for three years, and picked him up and took him home from work every day until firing Sylvester two weeks ago.

He said Clifford was Sylvester’s girlfriend.

Police have said the two men were known to each other but are saying little else about the circumstances of the shooting.

Police say the situation is under control and they are not looking for anyone at this time. No officers were involved in the shooting.

“The RCMP have handled the investigation. It just started this morning. The situation is safe …” said Staff Sgt. Roberta McKale of the Consort detachment.

Residents in the village are being told very little.

Dale Kroeger sits on the village council and has lived there for the better part of 70 years. He says nothing like this has happened in his time in the small community of just over 700 people that revolves mostly around the oil industry.

“I don’t remember anything like this for a long time,” Kroeger said.

Musician k.d. Lang, who is from Consort, posted about the homicides on Twitter Friday afternoon.

“How very sad. I’m ok. Moms ok. But my heart is heavy,” she wrote.

 

 

 

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