March 22, 2018 12:55 pm
Updated: March 22, 2018 1:35 pm

Police lay manslaughter charges in 2017 double homicide

Thu, Mar 22: Calgary Police Staff Sgt. Colin Chisholm speaks to media after Blais Delaire was charged in a 2017 double homicide at a Calgary Superstore.

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Calgary police laid manslaughter charges on Wednesday against a man in connection with a 2017 double homicide.

Blais Delaire has been charged with two counts of manslaughter with a firearm, in addition to the weapons trafficking charge that police filed against him on March 1.

WATCH: Manslaughter charges laid against Blais Delaire decided by crown prosecutor.

On May 21, 2017, police were called to the parking lot of the Real Canadian Superstore at 130 Avenue S.E. and 48 Street S.E., for reports of gunfire.

Colin Brendan Reitberger, 23 and Anees Ismail Amr, 26, were both found dead at the scene.

Reitberger was the intended target and Amr was an innocent victim who got caught in the gunfire, police said.

Christian Ouellette was arrested in June 2017 and charged in connection with the shooting.

Police also allege Delaire assisted Ouellete in getting the weapon used in the shootings.

WATCH: Calgary police say Project Al Arbour ‘extremely important’ in double homicide investigation.


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Meanwhile, a February 2018 parallel police investigation called Project Arbour uncovered a link between an alleged cross-border organized crime ring in Alberta and Utah and the May 21 shooting of Reitberger and Amr, police say.

READ MORE: Calgary group linked to cross-border drugs and homicide: police task force

Police said they are still seeking to identify the driver of an SUV who allegedly dropped off a suspect at a gasoline station at 70 Freeport Blvd. N.E. following the May 21 shootings.

WATCH: Calgary police still hoping to identify driver of red Durango in relation to 2017 double homicide.

The vehicle is described as a red Dodge Durango SLT, likely a 2004 to 2006 model, with a sunroof.

Police are asking that anyone with information about the vehicle or its driver contact police by calling 403-266-1234, the homicide tip line at 403-428-8877 or anonymously through CrimeStoppers.

Calgary police are looking for a red Dodge Durango SLT, likely a 2004 to 2006 model, with a sunroof.

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— With files from Heide Pearson and Emily Mertz

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