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Edmonton car dealership rocked by fatal shootings

By Sam Duck     Mar 13, 2010 in Crime
An Edmonton car dealership in Canada fell prey to a shooting in which two people were killed and another sent to hospital in a serious condition. The incident was allegedly instigated by Dave Burns, a suspended employee of Great West Chrysler Jeep.
The suspected gunman, Burns, armed with a shotgun, apparently executed the violent attack with a steely and callous resolve. A staff member told The Edmonton Sun, “Dave walked in there, didn’t say a f***ing word. He came here with a vengeance and a rage. He came there to kill.”
Witness Mike Motowylo was putting his car in for a service at 7:45 a.m. when the episode took place. His wife received a frantic call from him after the shooting. Sherrie Motowylo said, “He heard the shot and saw him reload.” She also revealed that her husband was “a little shook up.”
It is reported nearly a dozen police cars descended on the west-end dealership accompanied by forensic teams to investigate the horrific crime scene. Among the police in attendance was the wife of parts manager, Garth Radons, who was killed in the shooting.
In a tragic subplot Radons’ wife, on arriving at the scene, ran to her husband’s office. Witnesses report hearing chilling screams from inside the building, “it’s Garth, it’s Garth.”
The woman, who has been in the force for less than two years, had to be taken from the site by concerned colleagues. A police source said to The Sun, “They’re in shock. The division is reeling, but mainly that crew that she works in is reeling because many of them knew him through her.”
She and Radons had two children.
Shane McGee, who knew both attacker and victim, spoke fondly of Radons, “Garth was a real nice guy, hilarious. He and I could banter back and forth pretty good, verbally kick each other pretty good and just have a good laugh about it.”
Another police source has reflected on a saddening irony to The Edmonton Journal, “Those two leave for work in the morning, and which one of them do you think would be at risk of getting shot; the parts guy or the cop?”
The lucky survivor of the shooting underwent surgery and, according to police on Friday night, is in a critical condition.
Dave Burns was an employee of the Chrysler Dealership who was suspended over inappropriate internet postings. He was to start back on Friday after a two week suspension. He has been described as notoriously unstable.
Max Sesaoi, an employee who missed the shooting, has said to The Sun, “Everybody’s really friendly around here ... trying to help each other out. I’ve never had a confrontation or argument with any of the workers…It’s a wonderful place to work. I’ve never had any issues at all.”
A spokeswoman from Chrysler has said, “We are deeply saddened by the incident that took place at the dealership in Edmonton. Our thoughts are with those involved and their families.”
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