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RCMP lay attempted murder charge after shooting at Carstairs-area club

Carstairs-area residents told to shelter in place Friday as RCMP sought armed suspects
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CARSTAIRS - A Calgary man is facing a host of charges, including attempted murder, after a vehicle was shot at with an occupant inside outside the Silver Willow Farm Sporting Club near Carstairs on Friday, police say.

Officers were called to the site at about 5:10 a.m. for a report of break and enter in progress.

A short time earlier, a male representative of the club was notified by the on-site security system that two suspects were in the business, said RCMP Cpl. Gina Slaney.

“The complainant drove to the business and observed two suspects enter a Volkswagen hatchback car and attempt to flee the area,” said Slaney. “However the VW became stuck and the male suspect exited the vehicle with a long-barrelled firearm, pointed it at the complainant and proceeded to run towards the complainant’s vehicle.

“The male suspect then shot at the complainant, who was still in his vehicle, striking the vehicle. The complainant was not injured.”

RCMP officers from Didsbury, Olds and Airdrie detachments, along with the RCMP Emergency Response Team and police dog services attended the scene and ordered residents in the area to shelter in place.

Shortly after 9:30 a.m. police issued a release saying a male and female were in custody and the shelter in place was lifted.

Asked by the Albertan, Cpl. Slaney could not say whether the firearm used in the shooting was taken from the club facility.

Kyle Nechiporenko, 37, faces charges of attempted murder, discharge of a firearm with with intent, failing to comply with a probation order, possession of a firearm without holding a licence, failing to comply with weapons prohibition order, using a disguise to commit an indictable offence and driving while unauthorized.

He has been remanded in custody pending a Feb. 14 court appearance in Calgary Court of Justice.

Soleil Wenas, 20, a Calgary resident, faces a charge of possession of a firearm without holding a licence and failing to comply with release conditions. She has also been ordered detained pending a Feb. 12 court appearance.

Nechiporenko and Wenas are also jointly charged with break and enter with intent to steal a firearm, weapon dangerous to the public peace (bear spray), use of a firearm while committing an indictable offence, use of an imitation firearm while committing an indictable offence, theft under $5,000, mischief under $5,000, and possession of break and enter instruments.

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