The RCMP have unveiled more details on the recent Strathcona County explosions.
On Tuesday night (Nov.6), two explosions fired in the lower level of the Strathcona County Community Centre's parkade. However, only the first was deliberate. The initial explosion damaged nine nearby vehicles and, as a result, the gas tank of one of the vehicles caught fire and a second explosion occurred.
Police say their suspect, 21-year-old Kane Kosolowsky returned to his vehicle, suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound and later died in hospital. No bystanders were injured.
Several items have been seized from Kosolowsky's vehicle, including more than five licensed firearms (hand guns, shotguns and hunting rifles). No additional explosives were found in his vehicle, other vehicles or the surrounding buildings. A forensic examination to determine what type of explosive was used will be carried out in the coming weeks. RCMP wouldn't speculate on what was used.
At this time, no specific motives have been identified. The explosion appears to have been carried out by just Kosolowsky and police are not currently seeking any other suspects.
The Kosolowsky family have cooperated with the police and recently released a statement regarding the situation.
Mayor Rod Frank, who was in the building during the first explosion, said in a release that the RCMP Major Crime Unit have completed their investigation of the community centre and county hall. An initial structural survey has been conducted with plans in progress to carry out the needed repairs.
County hall is expected to open late next week. Further assessment of the community centre is necessary before a time-frame can be given.
An engineering firm performed a preliminary visual assessment on the effect of the explosion in the parkade. The current assessment is limited to visual due to the location still being an active crime scene. The firm says there is no significant damage to the structural integrity of the parkade. Once the parkade is released to the county by police, there will be further structural, mechanical and electrical inspections. Until then, the area will remain closed to the public. People who have vehicles in the parkade are asked to leave their name and contact information with county staff at 780-417-7100.
Salisbury Composite High, St. Theresa Catholic School and the Central Learning Services Building reopened on Friday. Festival Place also opened.
Residents are encouraged to attend Remembrance Day services at Millennium Place rather than the county hall cenotaph this year.