January 12, 2016 3:20 pm
Updated: January 12, 2016 3:32 pm

‘I’m happy that I’m still alive’: bouncer who tackled gunman at Calgary nightclub speaks out

WATCH: The bouncer who stopped the gunman just outside of Calgary’s TEN Nightclub is speaking out for the first time. Nancy Hixt reports.


CALGARY – The bouncer who tackled a gunman outside Calgary’s TEN Nightclub on Sunday is speaking out for the first time.

The 39-year-old, who doesn’t wish to be identified, tells Global News he was speaking with a patron in the doorway of the downtown bar when a man walked in between them and fired a shot into the club.

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“After the second shot, I just reacted. I just pulled him right out, got him out of the club as quick as I can and tried to restrain him.”

“He was not wanting to stop,” the bouncer said. “He would have kept going. I think he would have made it inside.”

“That was the number one thing in my head, was just to prevent anybody else… or anybody getting hurt.”

A 38-year-old man inside the bar was struck by the gunfire. He was transported to hospital in stable condition.

“It could have been a lot worse for everybody… for myself and staff and the patrons at the club that evening.”

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Police were in the area at the time of the incident, and were able to rush to the club shortly after the shots were fired.

The shooter and another suspect were arrested at the scene.

Mohamed Elmi, 31, and Mohamed Salad, 29, both of Calgary, have each been charged with numerous offences including attempted murder, discharging a firearm with intent to endanger life and aggravated assault.

Police said on Monday there were no indications the shooting was terrorism related.

Investigators continue to hunt for a third suspect who was able to flee the scene after officers arrived.

The unnamed bouncer, meanwhile, admits to being somewhat shaken following the shooting.

“I’m happy that I’m still alive,” he said. “Time to look for another career.”

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