A 60-year-old German tourist was shot in the head while driving with his family to Banff National Park.

They were travelling along Highway 1A, a small, rural road in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, when the shooting occurred near the rodeo grounds of the Stoney Nakoda First Nation.

Sgt. Tom Kalis of the RCMP said the police were called to a single-vehicle crash just before noon, and the driver was airlifted to a hospital with a ‘serious, penetrating wound to the skull.’ The Globe and Mail reports that he was ‘conscious and talking when he was airlifted to a Calgary hospital.

The RCMP found a bullet hole driver’s side window, and said the vehicle travelled a distance off the road before hitting a tree and coming to a stop. The gentleman’s three family members sustained minor injuries.

They are investigating road rage as a possible motive for the shooting and have reassured other travellers and drivers that this appears to be an isolated incident. Kalis said –

We don’t perceive a risk to the public at all. It’s certainly a rather serious and disturbing incident but we don’t have any evidence to suggest that this is anything relating to series of crimes.”

Authorities have said a black sedan was seen around the time of the shooting and have called for witnesses to come forwards.


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