RCMP are providing an update on the investigation into the shooting of a German tourist who was shot in the head while travelling with family west of Calgary.
The 60-year-old victim, whose name has not been released, was driving to Banff National Park on Aug. 2 with his wife, son and son’s girlfriend when he was shot near the Morley rodeo grounds, about 55 kilometres west of Calgary.
The vehicle veered off the highway and crashed into a tree.
An update this week provided by Hubertus Liebrecht, the honorary German consul in Calgary, said the man shows signs of sever and life-changing injuries — unable to talk or move the right side of his body.
Doctors were not able to remove the bullet, fearing it would cause further damage to his brain, according to Liebrecht.
RCMP initially thought the shooting was a case of road rage but said they believe it may have been a case of mistaken identity.
Police detained a man in Cochrane, Alta., one day after the shooting. They also seized a black Chrysler Sebring from the residence.
The man was released without charges.
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Sherwood Park is a large hamlet in Alberta, Canada within Strathcona County that is recognized as an urban service area. It is located adjacent to the City of Edmonton’s eastern boundary, generally south of Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail), west of Highway 21 and north of Highway 630 (Wye Road). Other portions of Sherwood Park extend beyond Yellowhead Trail and Wye Road, while Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) separates Refinery Row to the west from the balance of the hamlet to the east.
Sherwood Park was established in 1955 on farmland of the Smeltzer family, east of Edmonton. With a population of 70,618 in 2016, Sherwood Park has enough people to be Alberta’s seventh largest city, but technically retains the status of a hamlet. The Government of Alberta recognizes the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area as equivalent to a city.
Sherwood Park, originally named Campbelltown, was founded by John Hook Campbell and John Mitchell in 1953 when the Municipal District of Strathcona No. 83 approved their proposed development of a bedroom community east of Edmonton. The first homes within the community were marketed to the public in 1955. Canada Post intervened on the name of Campbelltown due to the existence of several other communities in Canada within the same name, so the community’s name was changed to Sherwood Park in 1956.
The Sherwood Park Urban Service Area is located in the Edmonton Capital Region along the western edge of central Strathcona County adjacent to the City of Edmonton. The majority of the community is bound by Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) to the north, Highway 21 to the east, Highway 630 (Wye Road) to the south, and Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) to the west. The Refinery Row portion of Sherwood Park is located across Anthony Henday Drive to the west, between Sherwood Park Freeway and Highway 16. Numerous developments fronting the south side of Wye Road, including Wye Gardens, Wye Crossing, Salisbury Village and the Estates of Sherwood Park, are also within the community. Lands north of Highway 16 and south of Township Road 534/Oldman Creek between Range Road 232 (Sherwood Drive) to the west and Highway 21 to the east are also within the Sherwood Park urban service area.