A young Alberta family is in shock after a weekend camping trip takes a frightening turn.
Mackenzie Robbie and Trevor Feasey took their children on their first camping trip over the long May weekend. They lived in the WildHay River Provincial Recreation Area north of Hinton.
Feasey said he and his son took a little hike on Sunday to look at the river, about 500 feet from the campsite.
“When we went down the ATV trail, it opened up to the river,” said Feasey.
“When we got to the opening, I saw a man standing on the other side of the river … looking at me. I looked at him. “
He said the man had a rifle by his side and then pulled it up.
“I just looked at him in amazement … Next thing you know … he shoots.
“I pushed … (my son) down, took cover and … then the second shot went off.”
Feasey said he yelled at the man to make sure he saw her.
“The third shot went off (and I) screamed again. I realized he probably knows we’re there. There are no trees or anything between us. At that point, I survived … (my son) also took cover. “
Then three more shots were fired, Feasey said.
“I picked up my boy, we walked back to camp, put the girls in the truck, and drove down Highway 40 to call RCMP.”
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At first Robbie didn’t believe what her partner was telling her.
“I heard the gunshots and … (our daughter) heard the gunshots,” she recalled. “We put her down for a nap and she asked me what that sound was.”
When Feasey explained the close call, Robbie was stunned.
“I said, ‘Holy crap, that can’t happen.'”
They left everything at the campsite, quickly put out the fire and tried to remain calm and then drove up the highway to get cell service.
They tried to call 911 but Robbie said it took almost 20 minutes to get service so Shipping would stay connected and forward them to Hinton RCMP.
Person shot dead at central Alberta campground over long weekend
In a press release on Wednesday morning, Hinton replied to RCMP that officials responded to a report of a firearm surrender in a rural area near the WildHay River Provincial Recreation Area around 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.
“The officers replied and searched the area for several hours, but the suspect of the alleged firearms discharge was not found.”
RCMP said no one was physically injured.
Hinton RCMP is seeking help from the public in identifying the suspect, who they describe as about six feet tall and weighing 240 pounds, with a large belly, no facial hair and short, light blonde hair. They said he might be wearing a purple t-shirt or a tight shirt with rolled up sleeves and white or khaki shorts. He may have driven a UTV side by side with a yellow bonnet.
Anyone who has seen a man with a firearm that matches the description is encouraged to contact the Hinton RCMP Department at 780-865-2455.
Robbie said several police units responded, along with fish and wildlife officers, EMS and various ATV resources.
She said officers couldn’t find the man.
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