The death toll from an apparent overnight shooting at a camel pack encampment in Calgary’s west has climbed to 20, including five police officers and three civilians.
The incident occurred near the intersection of Main and Cambie streets around 10:30 p.m.
Police Chief Jeff Kowalski said at least two suspects, who are still at large, are suspected of firing shots from a vehicle and into a camp.
“They are suspected to have fired at least one round at a camper who is sleeping inside the encampment,” he said.
“A number of civilians who were sleeping in the encampments have also been shot.”
Chief Kowaleski said officers responded to the incident and found three people dead at the scene.
He said they were taken to hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
Chief Krowalski told reporters the incident is being investigated by Calgary Police Service homicide detectives.
He did not provide further details about the suspects or the vehicle involved.
Calgary police spokeswoman Melissa Ziegler said the victims were identified as a 19-year-old man and a 21-year old woman, both of whom have been identified as the camp’s lead camp manager.
The police chief said the two had been staying in the camper for a couple of days and were camping with the campets on Sunday.
Ziegler would not say how long the camp had been operating.
She said police have not yet received a call from anyone who may have information about the incident.
She added that police do not have any video surveillance of the incident or the victims.
A camper in the camp has been set on fire.
(CBC)”It’s pretty heartbreaking and scary, to say the least,” Ziegley said.
The chief said there were about 50 camper residents in the campsite at the time of the shooting.”
We are trying to piece together what happened.”
The chief said there were about 50 camper residents in the campsite at the time of the shooting.
He said the camps owner has been arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear.