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Youth, 17, charged in ride-by shooting
Police apprehend teen in murder believed to be drug related
Elise Stolte, edmontonjournal.com
Published: 3:45 pm
EDMONTON - A 17-year-old male youth has been charged with first-degree murder and other offences in what is believed to have been a drug-related shooting in the city's south end.

Brandon Dierich, 23, was shot to death in a vehicle near 68th Avenue and 93 Street Tuesday night. Witnesses said the shooter fled on a bicycle into the Mill Creek Ravine.

Police said they arrested the youth about 1:50 a.m. at the West Edmonton Mall after mall security officers recognized him from a photograph circulated by police.


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Police search Mill Creek Ravine for a shooter believed to have fled into the ravine on bicycle.
John Lucas/Edmonton Journal

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Font: ****He was charged with first-degree murder, use of a firearm during the commission of an offence, and possession of a prohibited weapon. He has been charged as a young offender. Because of his age, his identity was not revealed.

Police also confirmed that Dierich died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Police were called to the Hazeldean neighbourhood about 7:40 p.m. Tuesday after receiving reports of shots being fired. When they arrived, they found the Dierich dead in a luxury vehicle pulled over on the side of the street.

Witnesses said the assailant fled on bicycle into the Mill Creek Ravine. Police spent Wednesday searching the ravine but did not recover a bicycle and have been unable to confirm whether the assailant was riding one.

A weapon has not been found.

Police believe the shooting was drug-related but have been unable to confirm whether it was gang-related.

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