Police investigate possibility four recent homicides are connected – Calgary Herald

Police investigate possibility four recent homicides are connected - Calgary Herald
Calgary police exploring links in four recent homicides
Gunfire on the streets of Calgary has shaken the Indo-Canadian community and is prompting Calgary police to investigate whether four recent homicides are connected.

In the last six weeks, four people have been killed in three different targeted attacks across the city’s north.

In a Friday news release, the Calgary Police Service said investigators are exploring the possibility that Sainis death is related to the homicides of 25-year-old Jasdeep Singh and 22-year-old Japneet Malhi, who were shot in the parking lot of a northeast restaurant on April 3 – and the death of 49-year-old Bikramjit Dhindsa, who was found dead in a Hamptons home on Sunday, May 12.

“These are three homicides that have occurred within the Indo-Canadian community here in Calgary,” said Staff Sgt. Colin Chisholm with the Calgary police homicide unit. “We would be remiss if we didn’t look at the possibility that they were linked.

“We’re asking the public to come forward with information — even if it’s a little information that may be insignificant to them, he said. “That little bit of information could definitely help us in our investigations. At this point, we’re not thinking necessarily (that) it’s gang-related, but we are open to the possibility that drugs and organized crime are involved.”

The latest slaying came Tuesday and police have identified Rishabh Saini, 23, as the victim of a targeted shooting in the 200 block of Taracove Road N.E. around 11:50 p.m. that night.

Chisholm noted police are working to identify two suspects whom witnesses reported fleeing from the scene.

We need people to come forward, people who have information, so we can help piece each homicide together and determine whether or not these homicides are linked or not, he said.

“We know he was shot and as a result of being shot, he crashed into a vehicle,” Chisholm said of the victim.

Chisolm said investigators arent thinking the deaths were gang-related, but said theyre open to the possibility that… drugs and organized crime are involved.

Govardhanan Nagappan was watching a movie in his nearby home just before midnight when he heard a loud crash outside. He walked out to see a Nissan Altima wedged underneath his Mazda SUV, upending his vehicle’s rear wheels.

Calgary police say theyre investigating three recent homicides that have happened in the citys Indo Canadian community as possibly being connected.

The SUV’s front end had impact damage and appeared to have collided with a Ford. One of the SUV’s rear wheels was lodged in the Nissan’s windshield.

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Nagappan ran across the street and saw a man suffering from a head wound in a front seat of the Ford.

Anyone with information is asked to call CPS at 403-266-1234 or the homicide tip line at 403-428-8877, or to contact Crime Stoppers.

“We’ve done thorough neighbourhood inquiries and also a video canvas, as well,” said Chisholm of their investigation in Saini’s death. “We’ve obtained some information that has been helpful to our investigation. What specific parts we have, we are not ready to discuss to protect the integrity of the investigation.”

In another incident, on April 3 an early morning shooting left Jasdeep Singh, 25, and Japneet Malhi, 22, dead in a hail of bullets in the front seat of an SUV. The two were slain around 2:15 a.m. in the 2400 block of 37 Avenue N.E.

He said investigators have done thorough neighbourhood inquiries and canvassed for surveillance video as well.

And in a third incident, on Sunday morning 49-year-old Bikramjit Dhindsa was slain inside of a Hamptons home in the 100 block of Hampstead Close N.W. when four unidentified suspects rushed into a home. They later fled in a small, four-door SUV.

Calgary Police investigate after two people were killed in a parking lot at 37th ave. and Barlow Trail N.E. early Wednesday morning in Calgary on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. Darren Makowichuk/Postmedia Darren Makowichuk / DARREN MAKOWICHUK/Postmedia

Police said Wednesday they were investigating to see if there were links between Dhindsa’s slaying and other violence in British Columbia.

“We’re always looking at those possibilities (and) if they’re linked to other communities in the Indo-Canadian community in Canada, as well,” said Chisholm.

“Anytime there’s an increase in violence, we’re concerned,” he said. “We’re concerned for public safety as a whole. These type of incidents, especially in the (double homicide and Sanai slaying), are out in public. The possibility that somebody else may be hurt is a real possibility, and that’s why we are wanting people to come forward. Anytime there’s gun violence, homicides and shootings, we are wanting people to come forward to help us make Calgary a safer community.”

“We’ve been getting a reasonable amount of tips, but we know there are people who have information that have not yet come forward,” he said, adding police are monitoring to see if more bloodshed could occur.

Suspects spotted on surveillance video before a man was found dead in the Hamptons area of Calgary. City of Calgary

“We work with numerous units throughout the police service and . . . if we have information, we’ll make any attempts to suppress violence that may be planned.”

With Sanai’s death, Calgary has now hit 10 homicides this year — four of which involved shootings, with at least three of them targeted.

Anyone with information about the homicides is asked to call the Calgary Police Service non-emergency number at 403-266-1234, or the homicide tip line at 403-428-8877.

A fatal shooting in the northeast Calgary community of Taradale late Tuesday night was a targeted killing, and investigators believe it might be linked to other recent homicides in the city, police said Friday.

Police were called just before midnight on May 14 to investigate a traffic collision and reports of a man in medical distress in the 200 block of Taracove Road N.E.

When officers arrived, they found a black SUV sitting atop two silver cars. Inside one of the cars, the victim of an apparent shooting had died at the scene, police said.

Police say detectives are now exploring whether the Taradale shooting is connected to a double homicide that happened April 3 outside a northeast Calgary restaurant and a killing on May 11 at a house in the Hamptons in the city's northwest.

"These are three homicides that have occurred within the Indo-Canadian community here in Calgary," said Staff Sgt. Colin Chisholm with the homicide unit. "We would be remiss if we weren't looking at the possibility that they were linked."

In the Taradale shooting, a witness told CBC News he saw two pairs of men leave the scene separately before police and EMS crews arrived. 

The victim in the Hamptons killing once testified against a gangster on trial for two drug-related murders in Ontario, but Chisholm would not confirm that fact or directly link the killings to gangs, drugs or organized crime.

 "At this point, we're not thinking necessarily it's gang related, but we are open to the possibility that drugs and organized crime are involved," he said. 

Police are asking for anyone with information about the incident to call the homicide tip line at 403-428-8877, or the non-emergency number at 403-266-1234 or to contact Crime Stoppers.

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