Gunshot victim mourned in quiet community

A quiet northeast neighbourhood was mourning the loss of a friend, a father and a former NHL prospect Tuesday.



"Nothing has ever happened around here, other than a few minor vandalism type things," said Dennis Odding, whose two children are playmates with the victim’s children. "When my wife and I decided to buy a house, we thought this would be a good area to raise our kids and it has been. I’ve been here for eight years."



Armstrong, whom Odding believed was a former draft pick of the Florida Panthers, was shot five times, including once in the face Monday night, and despite attempts by neighbours and police to revive him, he was pronounced dead in hospital just before 8 p.m. Monday night, becoming Calgary’s seventh homicide victim of the year.

City cops said the autopsy of the man murdered in a Madeira Close NE alley last night was incomplete and had few new details at a press conference Tuesday.

Neither would police confirm the name of the victim, identified by neighbours as Chris Armstrong.

"We believe that the victim and the accused in this matter were known to each other, albeit it might have just been a loose affiliation or an acquaintance," said Calgary Police Service spokesman Kevin Brookwell, noting that a number of people were in custody and being questioned by police on the matter while refraining from labeling those individuals suspects or persons of interest.

Police believe the weapon used in the offense may have been discarded in the area and are asking residents to keep an eye out in garbage cans, back alleys and backyards in the area of the murder.