EDMONTON - One man died and another was in hospital after gunfire erupted in downtown Edmonton on Family Day.
Police say they were called to the area around the Twilight Afterhours club and the Chez Pierre strip club Monday morning as people who were working on the provincial holiday made their way to their offices.
Police found one man dead inside a sport utility vehicle and another person injured on the sidewalk.
Some patrons were still inside the Twilight club during the shooting and were being questioned by police.
"It's an after-hours club that is in this area and we are speaking to the people within the club," said Edmonton police Insp. Denis Jubinville.
The street in front was blocked for much of the morning while homicide investigators did their work.
The downtown was quieter than usual because of the Family Day holiday.
That area of downtown Edmonton, just west of the city's core, has been the scene of violence in the past.
The worst incident happened in 2006 when three people were shot and killed inside the former Red Light Lounge. Twilight now operates in the basement of that building.
Dwayne Nelson was convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting that left three others, including a bouncer, injured. His trial heard how the gunfire broke out after a fight over a spilled drink.
In 2007, Thanh Van Phan, 19, was stabbed to death outside Twilight.
Last September, shots were fired inside that club but no one was injured. At the time, the club's owner said a group of men rushed past the metal detectors and one of them started firing.
Still, the city councillor for the area said he felt that the level of violence had been declining prior to Monday's shooting.
"It felt like we had a spate of stuff for a while, then it felt like it slowed down," said Ben Henderson. "Obviously, this kind of thing is upsetting when it happens."
Henderson said the shootings may be part of a pattern in which disputes that used to be settled with fist fights now end in gunfire.
"When you have more lethal weapons involved, you have more lethal results."
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