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Another day of gunplay

City cops confirmed the shooting death of an 18-year-old man in broaddaylight Wednesday as the city’s 10th homicide yesterday, and alsobegan to investigate yet another daytime shooting spree.


City cops confirmed the shooting death of an 18-year-old man in broad daylight Wednesday as the city’s 10th homicide yesterday, and also began to investigate yet another daytime shooting spree.


Levan James Van Der Ross, 18, died of multiple gunshot wounds at Foothills Hospital after the red Jeep Cherokee he and another male, 17, who is still in hospital, were sitting in was riddled with bullets around 2:10 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Vandergrift Cr. and Valiant Dr. NW.


The victims weren’t known gang members, said Staff Sgt. Kevin Forsen, but police are still investigating any possible gang ties.


“We’ve talked to a number of people and we’re trying to determine exactly what’s happened,” Forsen said. “We’re looking at all possible motives behind it.”


Another midday shooting has left community residents concerned, and a city alderman calling for witnesses to speak out.


Gunshots rang out yesterday around 2 p.m. on Falconridge Blvd., where police said one car followed another with a suspect standing out the rooftop shooting at a car in front of it.


Duty Insp. Keith Pollock told Metro while police don’t believe anyone was hit it is a concern to police when shots are fired.


“Anytime is a bad time, I don’t care if it’s at midnight or noon. It’s never a good time,” he said. Ward 10 Alderman Ric McIver, who sits on the Community and Protective Services committee said anytime guns are used it’s a concern.


“What we need is citizens coming forward to police and co-operating. Calgarians have a million sets of eyes and police only have 1,600, so it’s not too hard to do the math.”


Falconridge resident and business owner Patricia Waters said over the past 14 years she has become increasingly concerned with the number of violent incidents.


“It’s gotten worse lately, it’s just really scary. I’m worried about the area now, it seems like there’s always something going on,” she said.


Anyone with information on either incident is asked to call Calgary Police at 266-1234.
–neil.mackinnon@metronews.ca

 
 
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