Sherwood Park explosion suspect has no apparent ties to ‘any group or ideology,’ RCMP say

There are no apparent ties between the dead suspect in a pair of explosions in a Sherwood Park parkade Tuesday and any “group or ideology,” RCMP say.

Police continue to investigate the events, which were initially reported as a fire in the parkade of the Strathcona County Community Centre. Police evacuated buildings in the area and cordoned off much of the hamlet’s core Tuesday evening.

Officers found a seriously injured 21-year-old man identified as the sole suspect in the explosions in the parkade. He was rushed to hospital, where he later died. Police did not disclose the nature of his injuries but said they were not a result of “police interaction.”

Another device exploded in the same parkade while officers were investigating about two hours later.

Mounties have not identified any motive for the attack, or the suspect who died in the blasts.

But the fact the RCMP major crimes unit is leading the investigation,  rather than the force’s Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET), offers some indication of law enforcement thinking.

RCMP K Division spokesman Fraser Logan said the major crimes unit is handling the investigation because “there is no indication that this incident is related to any group or ideology.”

“The Major Crimes Unit will continue to work through partners, such as INSET, to ensure we investigate all avenues as thoroughly as possible.”

Logan said they were not planning to provide any updates on the case Thursday.

The community centre, county hall and two schools in the area remained off-limits to the public Thursday.

Strathcona County set up a phone number for people with vehicles still in the parkade to contact. Anyone trying to retrieve their vehicle was asked to call 780-417-7100. A spokesperson for the county said it was unclear when police investigators would be finished with the facility.

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