Bystanders report that a woman shot near a road in the Alberta community of Stettler this morning did not know her attacker.
According to an account provided by the victim, who members of the community have identified as mother and local safety instructor Krista Dryden, a truck approached her moments after dropping off a lawn mower for repairs at a shop in the town’s southeast end.
A man inside the truck ordered her to get inside, but Dryden refused and was shot.
She was rushed to a local hospital and later airlifted by STARS air ambulance to Calgary, according to reports.
Ryan Bolin works nearby and said a co-worker was among the first to rush to Dryden’s side.
“It’s awful,” he said. “She’s a very pleasant, very nice person.”
RCMP, meanwhile, have contained a wooded stretch near Highway 12 between Coronation and Castor where they believe the shooter is hiding.
“There’s nothing at this point to indicate they knew each other,” said RCMP staff Sgt. Shawn Lemay of the relationship between Dryden and the shooter.
— With files from Katie Turner