A Calling Lake man told court Tuesday that it felt like half of his body was “taken out” when he was shot in the shoulder by an intruder in his bedroom in 2016.
Jack Cardinal and his son Justin Gamble were shot in their home on Jean Baptiste Gambler First Nations Reserve near Calling Lake on Aug. 22, 2016.
Calling Lake is about 215 km north of Edmonton.
The trial of Lindsie John Bigstone, who is accused of aggravated assault and discharging a weapon causing injury to Cardinal, got underway Monday. Bigstone, 31, also faces charges for weapons possession and disguising himself.
Cardinal told court that in the days before the shooting he was worried there would be “trouble” with people who had conflict with Gamble.
“I was concerned because people were driving by pointing guns at us,” Cardinal said.
He was so concerned that he sent two of his other sons to live elsewhere, and stayed up late the night before the home invasion watching for people out the window.
He eventually fell asleep, until he woke to what he thought was thunder, but now thinks was the mobile home’s door being kicked open.
He said he saw his bedroom door open and the barrel of a gun come through.
“I jumped up and tried to grab the gun and protect myself from getting shot or killed,” Cardinal said.
As he grappled with the weapon, he said he saw his attacker and recognized him as Bigstone, whose family he was familiar with and with whom he’d worked with years earlier.
After he was shot, the buttstock of the gun hit him in the face, he said. His attacker dropped and picked up the gun, and then fled. Cardinal got out of his room, and saw his son sprawled on the floor.
“I was trying to wake him up, but I …read more
Source:: Edmonton Journal