Woman dies in hospital after Saskatoon shooting
The Saskatoon Police Service has confirmed that a 34-year-old woman has died in hospital after an early morning shooting in the city's Westview neighbourhood.
The woman was shot at a home on Peterson Terrace around 6:20 a.m., Wednesday morning, and police are investigating it as a homicide.
Police say six people were in the house at the time, two adults -- including the victim-- and four children. One of the kids was an infant.
"We are still very early into our investigation," said media relations officer Alyson Edwards. "There were other people present in the home at the time of the shooting and we want to speak to them and any neighbours who may have seen or heard anything."
Police say they have no suspects at the moment but are following up on a number of leads. The woman's name is not being released by police until more family members are notified.
Edwards said witnesses say they heard multiple shots, but could not confirm if they all occured inside the home. Edwards confirmed the victim was shot in her home.
Police are still holding the scene for the investigation. Drivers are asked to avoid the area, if possible.
For friends and neighbours, the news comes as a shock.
"There's a whole family there, very nice family, very engaged in the community," said Cary Tarasoff, who was sleeping on top of his motorhome across the street from where the shooting took place.
"When you're out shoveling snow all the kids come out and help, it's nice. So we're quite shocked, but these things are always personal."
Other neighbours reported hearing up to six gun shots, but police say the woman died of a single gun shot wound.
Sixty-two-year-old friend and neighbour of the victim, Rufina Pascual, said she was surprised to come home after an overnight shift to find a police cruiser blocking her back alley which she shared with the victim.
"I feel bad," said Pascual. "I said to my sister and brother, let's go there and take a look."
Pascual said the woman was a mother of four.
Police also told reporters this morning it was the victim's teenage children who called 9-1-1.
So far no arrests have been made.
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