CALGARY (NEWS 1130) – Calgary police confirm that a fatal shooting on Saturday is linked to ongoing gang conflict on the Lower Mainland.
Speaking to sister station NEWS 660 of NEWS 1130 on Sunday, Calgary police say they won’t release the man’s name or connection to the Lower Mainland until Tuesday after an autopsy is complete.
On Saturday, Calgary Police Sgt. Duane Lepchuk said they had contact with police in the Vancouver area following the shooting in a suburb in southwest Calgary.
“When we visited the scene, we found a man with gunshot wounds in the vehicle,” Lepchuk told NEWS 1130. “He was the only inmate and was pronounced dead at the scene. We assume it is a targeted attack. It was near a halfway house. ”The customer review has been automatically translated from German.
Witnesses told police that several suspects jumped into a second car to make their escape, which is described as a blue, four-door vehicle, possibly a Subaru Impreza or Legacy. A vehicle that matched the description was found in flames a few blocks away, according to Lepchuk.
The suspects have not yet been identified.
“Our homicide squad went to other jurisdictions to see if there was a link to any of their files … so that would include the lower mainland police,” he said. Lepchuk called this a “normal practice”.
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On the same day as the Calgary shooting, a man was shot dead on Henderson Avenue and Hart Street north of Highway 1 and Brunette Avenue in Coquitlam.
IHIT says the fatal shootout was targeted.
“The level of violence shown in this incident is extremely worrying to us,” Staff Sgt. Martin Schiavetta wrote in a publication on Saturday night.
“We are allocating resources from across the service to this investigation to ensure that those involved are held accountable.”
An autopsy is planned for the coming week.
Metro Vancouver has seen half a dozen daytime public shootings in the past few weeks, the most famous of which was a fatal shootout at Vancouver International Airport.