Two adults and one youth have been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of an Edmonton man in Calgary’s Legacy neighbourhood earlier this week.
At around 3:50 p.m. Tuesday, police were called to a park near the intersection of Legacy Parade and Legacy Lane S.E.
Residents in the area told police a person in a vehicle had been shot. When police arrived, they found a man dead at the scene and the suspects had fled the area.
Police have identified the victim as 32-year-old Christian Navos, of Edmonton.
On Wednesday, police said two adults and one youth were in custody and that charges were pending.
Calgary police believe the homicide was targeted and connected to a drug-related dispute.
In a Thursday news conference, Staff Sgt. Martin Schiavetta said the fact that the shooting occurred in the daytime near a playground is “extremely concerning.”
“Anyone could have been hurt seriously, if not fatally,” he said. “There’s houses, there’s children. We’re extremely concerned by the level of public violence.
“I don’t think there’s a community in Calgary that is immune from gun violence,” he added. “This was a targeted, pre-planned event.
“Gun violence affects everyone who lives in our community and we need people to come forward with information and sometimes the smallest tip, the smallest piece of information, can help us solve these crimes and help us hold offenders who are posing a danger to our community accountable.”
Joseph Chlala, 19, and Troy Lemke, 35, both of Calgary, have been charged with first-degree murder in Navos’ death. A 15-year-old from Ottawa, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, has also been charged with first-degree murder.
All three are scheduled to appear in court on Monday.