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Teen charged in shooting of German tourist makes brief court appearance in Alberta

The case of a 16-year-old charged in a southern Alberta highway shooting that left a German tourist with serious injuries has been delayed for a week.

The teen appeared in Cochrane provincial court via a video link and was granted a week’s delay while he tries to secure a lawyer.

The youth, who is from the nearby Stoney Nakoda First Nation west of Calgary, can’t be named because of his age.

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He is facing 14 charges, including attempted murder and possession of a prohibited firearm.

The 60-year-old tourist was driving in a black Dodge Durango with his family near Morley, Alta., on Aug. 2, when the shooting happened.

Police have said the suspect vehicle was passing the Durango when a shot was fired from the passenger window and into the tourist’s SUV.

The Durango crashed into the ditch after the shooting near the Goodstoney Rodeo Centre on Stoney Nakoda land.

Three family members who were passengers weren’t seriously injured.

The driver survived but was flown back to Germany where surgeons removed the bullet which will be sent to RCMP for forensic analysis. He can’t talk or move his right side as a result of the injury.

Police say although there were others in the car with the accused, no other charges are pending and investigators aren’t searching for any other suspects.

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