A video has surfaced allegedly showing the gunman involved in the Edmonton City Hall shooting, where he discloses his reasons for what he termed his ‘mission.’
A video recently shared on the YEGWAVE Twitter page purportedly shows the gunman responsible for the Edmonton City Hall shooting. In the video, he elaborates on the motivations behind his ‘mission.
A 28-year-old man, identified as Bezhani Sarvar, faces multiple charges following a shooting incident at Edmonton’s City Hall on Tuesday that led to a lockdown of the premises. Sarvar is accused of discharging a firearm and throwing a Molotov cocktail from the building’s second-floor atrium before being apprehended by an unarmed security guard.
Court documents obtained by CBC News reveal that Sarvar is charged with arson, possessing incendiary devices, reckless firearm use, using a firearm during an offense, and hurling explosives with intent to harm. Originally facing seven charges, one firearm-related charge will be subsequently dropped. Sarvar’s bail hearing is set for Thursday.
The Edmonton Police Service, in a statement released on Wednesday, detailed the events: Sarvar reportedly parked in the city hall’s underground parking at around 10:18 a.m., entering the building from there. Inside, he ignited several Molotov cocktails, causing a minor fire near an elevator, before firing multiple shots into the ceiling, walls, and windows. He then relinquished his weapon and surrendered to a city hall security commissionaire, who held him until police arrived.
Sarvar has been employed since 2019 with the Corps of Commissionaires security company, confirmed by the company’s Northern Alberta CEO Nick Grimshaw. However, he was never assigned to city hall’s security detail.
Edmonton’s Police Chief Dale McFee described the shooter as ‘heavily armed.’ City hall remained closed the following day.
In the wake of the incident, Edmonton Mayor Amarjeet Sohi announced plans to reassess city hall’s security measures. The building will undergo a safety review with external security consultants’ guidance before reopening. Sohi emphasized the need for a secure workplace and public space in city hall.
The aftermath of the event is described as ‘traumatic’ by Sohi, who acknowledges the shaken state of everyone involved and assures a return to normalcy post-incident.
As investigations continue, Dan Jones, Chair of Justice Studies at NorQuest College and a former police officer, urges a reassessment of security protocols, highlighting the challenge of balancing public access and safety.
The security officer, a former Canadian infantry soldier and recent addition to the Commissionaires’ Northern Alberta division, has been praised by Grimshaw for his exceptional bravery in handling the situation.”