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(Reuters) - Canadian police are searching for a "person of interest" after a violent armored-car robbery early Friday morning on the campus of the University of Alberta in Edmonton left three security guards dead and a fourth in critical condition.
Police in the Alberta capital are searching for Travis Brandon Baumgartner, 21, an employee of G4S Cash Solutions (Canada) Ltd, which operated the armored car.
Baumgartner was one the G4S staffers on site at the university early Friday as they made deliveries at the HUB Mall, a combined shopping mall and student residence on the university campus.
"It was an apparent armed robbery of an armored vehicle and or vehicles," said police spokesman Scott Pattison, adding that police are still investigating and have no suspects in custody.
Pattison said no students were harmed in the shooting but police are not releasing any details on the victims, pending identification and notification of their families. There is also no estimate on how much, if any, cash was stolen in the robbery.
The police have not yet named Baumgartner as a suspect in the murders but warned the public to use extreme caution should they encounter him.
Local media said the armored car was found abandoned 200 meters (650 feet) from G4S's Edmonton property.
The University of Alberta said via its Twitter feed it was deeply saddened by the incident. The HUB mall and residences will remain closed until late Friday evening, the university said.
"The safety and security of our students and staff is our first priority and our campus protective services are working closely with Edmonton police," the university said on its website. "It does not appear at this time that any of the victims of this tragic incident are university staff or students."
The university said it is offering counseling and support services to students affected by the incident.
Reporting By Euan Rocha and Julie Gordon in Toronto and Scott Haggett in Calgary; Editing by Frank McGurty; and Peter Galloway