Two of the four Alberta highway shootout victims loved baseball

Families and friends of the four victims who died during a shootout along the side of an Alberta highway are devastated. The terrible incident took place on Thursday morning after which RCMP blocked the highway for investigation.

Tanner Craswell, 22 and Mitch MacLean, 20 were among the four who were shot dead. They were both originally from Charlottetown. According to RCMP, a man committed suicide after shooting them. The shooter and another man and a woman were found dead at the scene.

“According to them, there’s a suspect in custody,” Claresholm Mayor David Moore said. “They assured me there was no danger.”

Matt Hood of Prince Edward Island grew up with Craswell and MacLean. The three of them shared a love of baseball.

“Tanner and Mitch would always go out in the dead of winter to have a catch with them with snow up to their shins, just to help them out,” said Hood.

“That’s the kind of people they were. It’s just a shame it happened to two good people. It isn’t fair,” he added.

MacLean’s coach of the Islanders senior baseball team in the summer of 2010, Allison MacDonald said: “From my experience on the field, this was the perfect gentleman who was committed to his sport.”

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