Vehicles trade gunshots on busy Calgary street leaving bystander injured – Calgary Herald

Vehicles trade gunshots on busy Calgary street leaving bystander injured - Calgary Herald
Bystander may never see again after shooting outside Macleod Trail restaurant
Cops block off a section of Macleod Trail S.W. after a two vehicle shootout on Saturday, Oct. 12. Calgary

A bystander was injured and another person was dropped off at a hospital with a gunshot wound in southwest Calgary in the aftermath of a shootout Saturday afternoon, police say.

Reports of gunfire were called in to police around 1:30 p.m. Det. Shawn Rupchan said occupants of two vehicles were shooting at each other in the Mr. Sub parking lot at 4662 Macleod Trail S.W.

Just before 2 p.m., EMS was assessing one person at the scene, confirming that the individual was in stable, non-life-threatening condition. EMS later said a man was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

One person self-transported to Rockyview hospital before being transferred to Foothills hospital with non-life-threatening wounds, police said.

Police said one of the suspects believed to be involved in the shooting was dropped off at Rockyview General Hospital. He was later taken to Foothills Medical Centre in serious condition, police said.

Rounds from the shootout were spread across a distance, with one of the bullets entering a sandwich shop causing someone inside to be hit in the eye by shrapnel.

Alberta Health Services spokesperson Adam Loria said the bystander was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

The suspects, meanwhile, took off southbound on Macleod Trail and have yet to be caught, police said, but the investigation is ongoing.

Witness Peter Mo, who was eating at a Vietnamese restaurant nearby the Mr. Sub when the shooting took place, said a group of men were sitting across from him just before the incident when another pair of men came to the restaurant.

Police said Macleod Trail was closed northbound from 42 Avenue S.W. to 50 Avenue S.W. and southbound from 42 Avenue S.W. to 46 Avenue S.W. The road reopened by 4 p.m.

The two groups then started fighting outside, where one person took out a gun and shot another. Then the group of three fled in a vehicle while the others left on foot, said Mo.

“For me, I don’t really feel fazed by it,” he said. “But, I could see everyone else in the restaurant was scared.”

Also at around 2 p.m., a person went into medical distress while driving and hit three vehicles at 42 Avenue and Macleod Trail S.W., according to police.

Police taped off portions of Macleod Trail before fully collapsing the scene around 4:30 p.m. Crime scene investigators could be seen removing a bullet from an autobody shop adjacent to the sub shop.

Police had taped off the area while crime scene investigators combed for clues. A group of about 15 witnesses were asked to stay and provide statements, said Mo.

Injuries were minor and the incident wasn’t related to the shooting, however, it blocked off more streets in the area, officers said.

Saturday’s shooting is the latest in a string of incidents marking an uptick in gun violence in Calgary.

Peter Mo said he was in the restaurant when a group of men sitting near him got up to go confront men they seemed to recognize outside.

On Tuesday, Matthew Maniago was shot and killed on a street in the southeast community of McKenzie Lake.

Detectives found shell casings near Mr. Sub — some unaccounted for rounds went into the sandwich shop.

Meanwhile, a rash of shootings in the northeast has led community groups and politicians to call for action to curtail violence.

Between January and the end of September this year, there have been 65 reported shootings in Calgary, according to police.

Two people were injured, including a bystander, after a shooting outside a Mr. Sub restaurant on Macleod Trail on Saturday.

Witness Peter Mo was enjoying lunch at Pho Chu The at 4633 Macleod Trail S.W. when he saw an altercation break out between a group of men.

"I saw a man running out and jumping into a vehicle. They ripped backwards and tore off onto Macleod Trail."

"The three of them went outside … and then he took his gun out and he shot him," Mo said.

One person was injured in the attack and ended up being dropped off by someone at the Rocky View Hospital.

"There were like four bangs that went off and everybody just started ducking to the ground."

A popular spooky Calgary attraction during the month of October has returned after a one-year hiatus.

Police said they received multiple reports of gunshots shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday, when occupants of two vehicles fired shots at each other.

"Some of the rounds unfortunately went into the Mr. Sub," said Detective Shawn Rupchan with Calgary police.

At least one bullet smashed through the window of the sandwich shop across the street, catching a patron of the business in the crossfire.

"The poor customer at the [Mr. Sub] restaurant is very lucky in one sense that the bullet just missed hitting him directly," Rupchan said. "But he still sustained life-altering injury from the glass shattering [into] his eye. He won't probably ever see again."

Rupchan said that person was believed to have been involved in the shooting, and police plan to interview him as soon as his condition stabilizes.

"It's still relatively early at this stage, so we're trying to determine if there are any other people injured," Rupchan said.

The two vehicles involved in the incident appeared to be a grey Nissan Rogue and a black Ford Escape, police said.

Police said five or six individuals were involved in the shooting. Two offenders ran away on foot, police say.

Macleod Trail was shut down between 46th and 49th Avenue South as officers investigated. The road reopened at 4:45 p.m.

A multi-vehicle crash snarled an area just north of the road closure around 2:20 p.m., but police said it was unrelated to the shooting.

A driver had suffered a medical emergency and hit several other vehicles in the intersection of Macleod Trail and 42nd Avenue. There were no major injuries.

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