At approximately 7:09 p.m. on September 16, 2019, Airdrie RCMP and Calgary Police Service responded to a report of an active shooter at the CrossIron Mills mall located in Balzac, Alta. Numerous resources were deployed to this incident including RCMP, CPS, RCMP Police Dog Services, the RCMP Emergency Response Team, Airdrie Municipal Enforcement, Rocky View County Enforcement and Fire Department, EMS, CPS HAWCS and CPS Canine Unit. Assistance was also provided by Cochrane and Strathmore RCMP Detachments.
Upon arrival it was determined that the shooting occurred in the parking lot of CrossIron Mills mall near the food court entrance and one male was injured. He was taken to hospital with serious injuries. He is still being treated, and his location will not be released at this time.
The male suspect had a slender build, was dressed fully in black, and he was wearing a ball cap and hood. The suspect and an accomplice fled the scene in a black 2019 Dodge Ram 4 door pickup truck, and we are still looking to identify who these individuals are. Attached is a picture of what this truck would look like.
RCMP and CPS were on scene for several hours. The mall was placed in a "secure in place" while officers cleared the mall. It was several hours before all civilians were evacuated safely. The RCMP would like to thank CrossIron Mills Mall Security in their assistance in providing loudspeaker direction to the patrons that helped to ensure everyone remained calm and were safe. Approximately 600 employees and several thousand patrons were safely evacuated from the mall.
Airdrie and District Victim Assistance unit was called last night and will continue to support citizens who were impacted by the incident. If you or a loved one has been impacted, please reach out to ADAC at 403-945-7290. To connect immediately with a counsellor please call the Distress Center.
If you have information regarding this incident, you are asked to contact Airdrie RCMP at 403-945-7200 or your local police service. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 online at www.P3Tips.com or by using "P3 Tips" app available through the Google Play or the Apple App Store.