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Fatal Red Deer shooting not targeted, charges laid: RCMP

Last Updated Dec 22, 2019 at 11:41 am MDT

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Red Deer (660 NEWS) — New information has been released about a fatal shooting that took place at a Walmart on the south end of Red Deer.

On Friday, December 20, police were called to the Walmart South Supercentre after multiple reports of shots fired.

The store was cleared by police and EMS assessed one person on scene for critical injuries.

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One man was pronounced dead by RCMP later that night.

It was believed the man who was shot was the intended target of the shooting, but police are now correcting that.

After further investigation, police can now confirm the shooting was not targeted.

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Charles Jim William, 69, and his wife were leaving the Walmart when an unknown man approached them. An altercation occurred between the two resulting in Williams being fatally shot.

The man then jumped into a stolen vehicle being driven by a woman.

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RCMP Air Services, Police Dog Services, the Emergency Response Team and RCMP members from surrounding detachments were all called in to assist in the search.

RCMP in Rimbey received a report of a stolen vehicle and shortly after RCMP Air Service located two vehicles.

Spike belts were deployed and were able to stop both cars. The woman stayed in one car, while the man fled.

He was taken into custody shortly after.

Chase Freed, 18, and Crystal Maurice, 30, are both facing a handful of charges.

Freed is facing charges of second-degree murder, attempted murder while using a firearm, and theft of motor vehicle among other charges.

Maurice is facing charges of accessory after the fact to murder, theft of a motor vehicle, dangerous operation, and fail to stop while being pursued by a police officer.

Maurice is due to appear in court on Monday, while Freed is scheduled to appear on January 6.