One man in custody after 2 shootings within 24 hours in Calgary's northeast

An infrared image of a suspect in two shootings that happened in Calgary's northeast on the Remembrance Day weekend. (Calgary Police Service - image credit)
An infrared image of a suspect in two shootings that happened in Calgary's northeast on the Remembrance Day weekend. (Calgary Police Service - image credit)

Calgary police have arrested a suspect in relation to a shooting that left one man in critical condition in the city's northeast on Friday.

A 25-year-old man was arrested on outstanding warrants related to what police called an armed robbery and attempted murder in the community of Castleridge on Saturday.

Police say they believe that the same man is responsible for another shooting incident that occurred within the same 24 hours.

The first shooting occurred at 7 a.m. Friday in the neighbourhood of Castleridge. A man suffering from a gunshot wound was transported to hospital in critical condition.

The second shooting, which happened around 7:30 a.m. Saturday in the nearby neighbourhood of Falconridge, resulted in the death of one person. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

"Investigators from the homicide unit do believe that the person who's responsible for [Friday's] shooting and robbery is the person responsible for the murder this morning," said Staff Sgt. John Guigon with the Calgary Police Service (CPS) on Saturday.

"While we can't divulge what information led us to that conclusion, there is evidence to suggest that both are linked."

Guigon said that investigators are still on scene in conducting a search warrant in that community.

The suspect, Guigon said, is known to police and has been arrested before.

'You still live in safe communities'

Falconridge resident Dylan Lecky says he found the murder victim's body on Saturday morning and called police. He said he heard two loud bangs and came running outside, thinking his car was getting broken into.

Instead he found a man sprawled on the snow, his neck bleeding, with what he believes were shotgun shells nearby.

"Honestly kind of shook me up a bit, but overall it [shootings] seems to be coming more and more normalized, which is kind of sad," said Lecky.

He said violent crimes like this haven't happened since he moved to the neighbourhood several months ago.

Nick Brizuela/Radio Canada
Nick Brizuela/Radio Canada

"Certainly you still live in a safe city and you still live in safe communities," Guigon said.

"Police have thrown a lot of resources into identifying the offender and investigating these offences and rest assured that the offender will be identified and located soon."

CPS says the Castleridge shooting happened after the suspect confronted a man, who was ultimately shot and injured in his own home. The suspect then fled in a stolen vehicle.

He was wearing a blue hoodie and black baseball hat at the time of the incident.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact police at 403-266-1234. Tips can be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers.