Calgary, AB,

Apartment building contained after gun fired

Residents of a Downtown apartment building were evacuated by our officers after a resident reported that a bullet had been shot through his wall from an adjacent unit.

We received the call around 11:20 a.m., on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. We immediately contained the building, located in the 1100 block of 8 Avenue S.W., safely evacuated residents and stopped traffic from driving in the area.

Officers entered the apartment where the gunfire originated almost two hours later and found the suspect had fled before we arrived. At this time, there are no known injuries connected to the incident, but we are still investigating to identify a suspect and learn what happened.

“Firearm calls are extremely challenging and dangerous for our officers and the public,” said Inspector Melanie Oncescu, Duty Inspector with the Calgary Police Service. “Until we know that the danger is gone, we have to respond as if there is still a person with a gun in the apartment and take every precaution to protect citizens and first responders.”

When high-risk calls occur, resources can quickly be pulled from across the Service to make sure we have all the specialized skills and equipment we need on scene to safely resolve the situation.

“We appreciate the public’s patience when incidents like this occur,” adds Insp. Oncescu. “We always try to do everything we can to resolve calls as safely and quickly as possible.”

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call our non-emergency line at 403-266-1234. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers through any of the following methods:

TALK: 1-800-222-8477
APP: "P3 Tips"

Case # 20179139