Violent, gang-related homicide being investigated in Calgary city: Police

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The Calgary Police has announced that an investigation is underway into violent, gang-related homicide in Calgary city.

“We continue to investigate a violent, gang-related homicide that occurred over May Long Weekend and are asking anyone who has information to come forward,” the Calgary Police said in a press release.

The statement furhter added that the police were called to the 1800 block of 26 Avenue S.W., for multiple reports of gunshots in the area at approximately 5:30 p.m., where they located a man suffering from gunshot wounds inside his vehicle, who was later pronounced dead at the scene.

According to Calgary Police, immediately after the shooting, suspects abandoned their first getaway vehicle, a stolen Honda Odyssey van with a stolen license plate, in the alley of the 2200 block of 31 Avenue S.W., and transferred to a second getaway vehicle, a blue, four-door Subaru Impreza.

“An autopsy was conducted yesterday, Tuesday, May 25, 2021, by The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and the victim has been identified as Gurkeert Singh KALKAT, also known as Gary KALKAT, 25, of Calgary and Surrey, British Columbia,” the statement said, adding that “This homicide is believed to be directly related to the ongoing gang conflict that has been occurring throughout the lower mainland in British Columbia.”

“There is a good probability that these offenders travelled to Calgary with the sole purpose of committing this homicide,” says Staff Sergeant Martin Schiavetta of the Calgary Police Service Homicide Unit. “This is not the first time we have seen gang conflict from outside of Calgary enter our city, however, wherever these gang members are, they are putting citizens, friends, family members and police officers around them at risk.”

“This incident was targeted, pre-planned and deliberate, and the offenders showed no regard for the safety of Calgarians. At the time of the shooting there were at least five residents who were in a nearby backyard who could have easily been struck by a stray bullet.”

We have engaged our law enforcement partners across Alberta and British Columbia, including The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit BC (CFSEU), RCMP, Vancouver Police Department, and the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT), as the victim’s brother was also murdered on May 13, 2021, in Burnaby, British Columbia, outside of a busy restaurant.”

“Anyone who has information about the offenders, including individuals who may have received unexplained burn injuries this weekend, or the blue Subaru are asked to contact police by calling the non-emergency number at 403-266-1234. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers through any of the following methods:

TALK: 1-800-222-8477

TYPE: www.calgarycrimestoppers.org

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