Witnesses say vehicle was leaving scene of weekend shooting
City cops are looking for a minivan witnesses reported possibly leaving the scene of a shooting spree in the city’s northeast late Saturday night.
Police say the van may be involved in the attack at a home in the cul-de-sac of Martha’s Green N.E. in Martindale that left three people in hospital, one with serious, life-threatening injuries.
"We’re not sure if the minivan was involved or not but witnesses reported it leaving the scene around the time the shots were fired so we’re asking for Calgarians to come forward in locating the van," Duty Insp. Luch Berti told Metro.
While police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the minivan reportedly leaving the scene, they admit there isn’t a lot of information on it.
"We don’t know if it’s a ruse or not but we still want people to keep their eyes open. Unfortunately, we don’t have a lot of information on the van at this time, just that it was there."
Although police initially called in the gang unit to assist, they have now ruled out the shooting was gang-related.
"There are definitely some elements that indicate this wasn’t a random attack and those involved were known to each other, but we’re still investigating why it escalated to a shooting," Berti said.
"We know what the reason for the shooting was, but we’re not disclosing that right now. At no point was anyone else in the neighbourhood at risk."
Police say the most seriously injured victim was brought to hospital with serious injuries after being shot in the stomach. The victim had surgery yesterday but was expected to recover. A woman and a man were shot in the leg and the back.
"I haven’t heard anything back yet but I would imagine (the seriously injured victim) pulled through or the homicide unit would have been called in to investigate."
No suspects are in custody yet, but Berti said the victims have been very co-operative with police.