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Accused Prairie Mall shooter pleads guilty to aggravated assault

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The man accused of the September 2016 shooting at the Prairie Mall has pleaded guilty to aggravated assault. Liban Musse was originally charged with six weapons-related offences and entered his guilty plea to the single count Tuesday afternoon in Grande Prairie.

Musse was wanted on Alberta-wide warrant after a single shot was fired in the mall’s food court on September 15, 2016. He was arrested in Calgary a week later.

Three people were injured, including two bystanders who were grazed by the bullet. The man who was initially shot suffered a serious but non-life threatening injury.

At the time, police said there was an altercation between two groups of men in the food court, and the shooting wasn’t believed to have been random. Four other men were later charged with offences stemming from the incident.

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Musse was sentenced Tuesday to three years in jail, with credit for time served. He has 3.5 months remaining in his sentence. He has also been given a 10-year firearms prohibition and a DNA order.

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