There was a heavy police presence in the northeast Calgary community of Saddle Ridge Sunday morning as the investigation into a shooting that left one man dead and another injured continued.
On Jan. 4, the Calgary Police Service was called to the 200 block of Saddlecrest Boulevard N.E. at around 7:30 p.m. for reports of a shooting.
Police said when they arrived, they found a man in his 30s dead and another injured. The second man, in his 20s, was taken to hospital in life-threatening condition. Police said Sunday he remains in critical condition.
‘We were so scared’
Adrian Stana was at home with his family when the shots rang out.
“We heard a gunshot three times,” Stana said Sunday.
He said his mom looked out the window into the back alley and saw a man emerge from a car that was behind two other vehicles.
“There was another guy in a car and he came and he was looking at the dead man and then he drove backwards. We were so scared. I’m shocked. We got everybody to stay in one room. It was terrible,” Stana said.
On Sunday morning, police collected evidence from the back alley where it appeared the incident happened.
Calgary Search and Rescue members were looking for evidence just east of the crime scene in the parking lot of Saddle Ridge School. Members of the Calgary Fire Department were on the roof of the school, also apparently searching for clues.
People living on the street where the shooting occurred were surprised to see all the activity.
“This morning, I saw police searching. At night, we were all awake and checking from the upstairs window to see what is going on. We saw the two cars were parked and blocked the way in the alley and police were searching the cars,” said Pipanki Vya.
“We are scared. It’s scary.”
Ongoing homicide investigation
Officers want to speak to witnesses who were in the area on Saturday between 7:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.
“We need witnesses to come forward to help us put a stop to these brazen shootings that are putting innocent bystanders at risk,” said CPS Homicide Unit Staff Sgt. Martin Schiavetta in a news release.
“If you were in the area at the time, please contact us. Even the smallest piece of information could be critical to our investigation.”
Officers said suspect descriptions were not available.
Police said an autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 403-266-1234 or Crime Stoppers.
– With files from Global News’ Kaylen Small