Cops concerned over public safety
City cops fear an innocent bystander may get caught in the crossfire of a potential act of retaliation after a known gang member was slain New Year’s Eve.
Police have identified the 30th homicide of 2007 as that of well-known gang member 23-year-old Mark Kim, who was gunned down in a downtown alley 11 a.m. on Dec. 31.
Acting Staff Sgt. Martin Schiavetta of the organized crime section told reporters the police service’s number one concern is public safety.
“Obviously a big concern for police is public safety of the citizens of Calgary. Gangs have no regard for the safety of others. We take retaliatory acts of violence very serious and are taking steps to suppress acts of violence,” Schiavetta said.
Police want to avoid another situation such as the one in 2005 when there were five unsolved murders in five months on the city’s streets linked to gangs.
“The victim was well known to the gang section and the gang he was associated with is believed to be responsible for numerous acts of violence including homicides in Calgary.”
Kim was picked up by police on Dec. 27 for breach of conditions, but was released the next day. He is believed to be a close friend of gang member Vuthy Kong, who was found guilty of manslaughter in the 2002 death of Adam Miu.
Meanwhile, police continue to investigate the suspicious death of a male found in the yard of a home in the city’s southwest on New Year’s Day.
Autopsy results of the victim are expected to be released today.