CALGARY – Business owners are shaken after a man was found dead following another shooting in Calgary that happened around 5 p.m. Saturday.
Police say a man entered a barber shop located in the 5100 Block of 20 Avenue S.E. He engaged a customer in a quick conversation before pulling a gun and shooting him.
CPS members conducted CPR but the man was pronounced dead at the scene. His body was pulled from Johny Scissorhands Barber Shop located in a strip mall.
After the shooting, it’s believed the suspect got into a silver SUV across the street and fled the scene.
Police say they believe it was a targeted attack linked to an ongoing dispute between gangs connected to the drug trade. The victim was known to police.
“We have collected CCTV in the area that is being reviewed and it’s early in the investigation and we haven’t completely finished reviewing all of it,” said Sgt. Sheldon Scott with Calgary Police.
According to one of the neighbouring business owners, the shops were busy.
“Normally, if this is gang-related, usually it happens at night but the parking lot was full,” said Hughie Dang.
“You could hardly get a parking space here and ‘bang!’ It was still daylight. It’s so scary.”
Another business owner said he had a customer with him when they heard the shooting.
“I opened the door and I saw someone running and then a female…she was screaming,” said Ali Zgheib.
Police have interviewed witnesses and kept the area blocked off overnight. There is no word on any suspects.
After the shooting, police said they engaged in suppression activities in an attempt to reduce further retaliatory offences.
An autopsy on the victim is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. His identity will not be released until then.
“I just heard the shooting and then I called 911 and I opened the door and I saw someone running towards 20th Avenue and then a female, she was screaming,” said Ali Zgheib, who runs the pharmacy next door to the barber shop.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact police by calling the non-emergency line at 403-266-1234 or the Homicide Unit Tip Line at 403-428-8877.