Retired Vancouver police officer claims deadly Calgary shooting is linked to ongoing gang conflict in the Lower Mainland – fr

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Retired Vancouver police officer claims deadly Calgary shooting is linked to ongoing gang conflict in the Lower Mainland – fr


CALGARY – Calgary’s latest shootout in the city’s southwest on Saturday appears to be linked to a deadly gang turf war in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland.

At approximately 5:30 p.m., police were called to the 1800 block of 26 Avenue SW after several reports of gunfire in the area.

Officers found a man with gunshot wounds inside a vehicle upon arrival.

He was later pronounced dead.

CTV News has learned that the man has been identified as Gurkeerat Kalkat of Surrey, British Columbia.

Her younger brother Jaskeerat Kalkat, 23, was shot dead in a vehicle in Burnaby, British Columbia on May 13 outside a Cactus Club cafe. Two others were injured.

“With these really public shootings, I think they’re using all the people, the crowded areas as camouflage to get closer to their target,” said Doug Spencer, retired Vancouver police detective, who has spent more than 30 years in the gang unit. .

Spencer now helps kids avoid drugs through his Burnaby-based company Odd Squad Productions.

He still works alongside local law enforcement, offering advice when possible.

He says these violent shootings in the Lower Mainland are starting to spill over into Alberta, with the most recent shot.

“They are global and they come to Calgary to sell their drugs,” he said. “There aren’t enough drug addicts here for them, and they have so many drugs that they have to move it, it’s their commodity.

Shortly after Saturday’s shooting, police were called in about a vehicle fire around the 2200 block of 31 Avenue SW, which “is said to be linked.”

Police said witnesses saw several people get into a second vehicle, which fled the scene.

The second vehicle has been described as a four-door blue car, possibly a Subaru Impreza or a Legacy.

This is the same method that was used after a man was shot dead in public at Vancouver International Airport last month.

The car used in this attack was also found burnt in another community.

Spencer says Calgarians should remain vigilant as these gangsters ignore public safety.

“It takes a village to get rid of this problem. It’s not just the police, there aren’t enough police, ”he said.

“Everyone’s in the line of fire until these guys are put in jail for them.”

An autopsy on Kalkat is scheduled for early this week.

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