Calgary Police release photos of suspect involved in fatal downtown nightclub shooting

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The Calgary Police on Wednesday released the photos of a suspect involved in a fatal shootig outside a downtown nightclub that left two people dead.

The suspect is described as being under six feet tall, with a visible tattoo on his neck and dark wavy hair. He was wearing a white Nike track suit top, blue jeans and white runners.

The victim of the shooting has been identified as 31-year-old John Mitchell Smith Jr. He was a Calgarian who had moved here a few years ago from Washington state in the United States to play college basketball.

“John was a victim of a random crime,” said Staff Sergeant Martin Schiavetta with the Calgary Police Service Homicide Unit. “He was a man that volunteered countless hours coaching basketball and serving with organizations that make our city a better place. Helping his friend cost him his life and we will do everything we can to bring his killer to justice.”

John was shot around 2:40 a.m., on Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, at the nightclub, located at 628 8 Ave. He was taken to hospital but died as a result of his injuries and a second man who had also been shot drove himself to the hospital.

“Investigators believe that the victim left the nightclub with a female friend around 2:30 a.m., when two men who were loitering outside started making unwanted sexual advances on and physical contact with his friend. It is believed that the victim intervened and an altercation occurred that ended with the suspect drawing a firearm and shooting the victim, as well as accidentally shooting the acquaintance who was loitering outside the club with the suspect,” the Calgary Police said in a statement.

The shooter fled the scene on foot by heading eastbound along 8 Avenue S.W., the Calgary Police said, adding that the second man fled the scene in a black Mercedes sedan with BC licence plates, which he then drove to the hospital.

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