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Thursday, July 29, 2021
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Police investigating drive-by paintball shooting outside Lethbridge SCS

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It appears tensions over the Lethbridge Supervised Consumption Site (SCS) have hit a new level.

Lethbridge Police say early Saturday morning (Aug. 24) a white truck drove by the SCS along 1st Avenue South and someone opened fire at several people with a paintball gun.

No serious injuries were reported.

LPS say the suspect vehicle is described as a white, newer model (possibly 2017-2018) Dodge Quad cab with a hard top box cover, black rims and a stock “RAM” emblem across the back tailgate. Due to the distance and speed of the moving truck the license plate number could not be obtained.

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The shooting happened just after midnight.

Lethbridge Mayor Chris Spearman has issued a statement in regards to the incident.

“Recently, the issue of harm reduction has caused debate and been divisive in our community. Peaceful protest and freedom of speech are cornerstones of our society. We as City Council respect democracy, but condemn violent acts against anyone at ARCHES. These people are residents in our community who are simply doing their jobs. There is no place for violence in our community.”

Anyone with information on this paintball shooting is asked to contract LPS.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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