Calgary, AB,

Additional charges laid in shooting investigation

The Calgary Police Service Guns & Gangs Unit has charged a second man with five firearms offences in relation to a shooting that occurred on July 31, 2019.

On Wednesday, July 31, 2019, at approximately 9:30 p.m., police were called to a parking lot located in the 3300 block of 64 Street N.E., for reports that a shooting had occurred. Officers responded to the area, however the suspects had fled the scene prior to police arrival. No injuries were reported as a result of the shooting.

Investigators reviewed CCTV footage from the incident and were able to identify one of the men involved. As a result, on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, with assistance from the CPS Tactical Unit, Ahmed Hassan RAKKA was taken into custody without incident and charged with seven firearms offences.

In August 2019, detectives identified a second man who was also believed to have been involved in the shooting. On Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, with the assistance of the CPS Tactical Unit, investigators executed a search warrant on a residence located n the 3700 block of 44 Avenue N.E., and took one man into custody.

Alemayehu AMAN, 22, of Calgary, has since been charged with one count each of discharging a firearm with intent, possession of an unlicensed weapon, possession of a weapon without a registration certificate, unauthorized possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle and possession of a restricted/prohibited firearm with ammunition. AMAN will next appear in court on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019.

“This shooting happened in a busy public area and our investigators were committed to ensuring that anyone involved was held accountable,“ says Staff Sergeant Greg Cooper of the CPS Guns & Gangs Unit. “Shooting investigations are complex and can often take months to lay charges, which is why receiving information from the public is critical. Sometimes even the smallest piece of information is exactly what investigators are missing.”

The Calgary Police Service is committed to ensuring that Calgary remains a safe place to live. Addressing the increased violence and shootings in northeast Calgary is a priority for CPS and is being addressed by several areas of the Service.

Anyone with information about firearms offences is asked to call police at 403-266-1234. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers through either of the following methods:

TALK: 1-800-222-8477