At approximately 1:05 a.m., on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, police responded to reports of gunshots at the intersection of 3 Avenue and 3 Street S.W. The victim, Melake Selam WORKU, was found in the middle of the street suffering from gunshot wounds. He was taken to hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.
A second victim was found in a vehicle at 4 Street and 3 Avenue S.W. The man, in his early 30s, was also taken to hospital suffering from gunshot wounds. He survived. Earlier this year, Godwin Mawutor BONNEY, 22, of Etobicoke,Ontario, was charged with one count each of attempted murder, aggravated assault, pointing a firearm, unauthorized use of a firearm and possession of a weapon obtained by crime, in connection with this shooting.
Police continued to search for the person responsible for the fatal shooting.
On Thursday, May 12, 2011, Fort McMurray RCMP arrested a man on unrelated drugs and weapons charges. This man was a suspect in the WORKU homicide and the Calgary Police Service was alerted to the arrest.
Investigators from Calgary were dispatched to Fort McMurray to speak with the suspect. On Sunday, May 15, 2011, Ahmed MOHAMED, 26, of Brooks, AB, was charged with second-degree murder.
MOHAMED has since been transported back to Calgary. He will make his first court appearance on Tuesday, May 17, 2011.