STREET VIOLENCE WATCH
Tuesday, July 21 2015
Man in hospital after shooting overnight
No arrests yet made in the case, victim being questioned
CBC News Posted: Jul 19, 2015 12:36 PM MT Last Updated: Jul 19, 2015 12:36 PM MT
Police are investigating an apparent shooting that sent one man to hospital early Sunday morning.
The man walked into the hospital just after midnight, suffering from non-life-threatening gunshot wounds. He is now being questioned by police.
Investigators are now focused on two areas — one at 95th Street and 111th Avenue and another at 101st Street and 108th Avenue — where gunfire was reported.
No arrests have been made.
Tuesday, July 21 2015
July 19, 2015 Updated : July 19, 2015 | 6:25 pm
Young man dead, one person in custody after stabbing in northwest Calgary
By Lucie Edwardson Metro
A young man is dead after an early-morning stabbing in northwest Calgary, according to police.
Officers responded to an altercation at an apartment in the 4000 block of 19 Street NW just after 1:30 a.m. and found an 18-year-old man suffering from stab wounds.
Det. Graeme Smiley said the man was transported to hospital in life-threatening condition and later died of his injuries.
Homicide investigators were interviewing numerous people in relation to the incident Sunday and had taken one person into custody for questioning.
The apartment is in a building that’s home to the McMan Youth Family and Community Association, which runs a transitional housing program for at-risk youth, according to other residents.
Calgary Police officers gather evidence at the scene Sunday morning.
C. P. lives above the apartment where the altercation took place. He said the occupant, an 18-year-old woman, has only been living in there for a few months.
P. said police have been to the residence for “domestic issues” in the past.
“It is uncomfortable,” he said. “Police have been here before for fights and things, but nothing like this.”
He said due to the nature of the program in the building, it’s hard to get to know neighbours.
“So many people come in and out of here, so you never really get to know the people who live around you.”
Steve Miller said he heard the commotion while he was walking his dog in the area early Sunday morning.
“All of a sudden there were cops everywhere,” he said.
Miller said the situation doesn’t change the how he feels about his community.
“This is the city we live in,” he said “It’s everywhere.”
An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday. The identity of the victim will not be released by CPS until it is completed.
Thursday, July 16 2015
BY PAMELA ROTH,
An increase in violent home invasions throughout the city is causing concern among Edmonton police.
So far this month, officers have investigated 10 home invasions and approximately 60 this year, working out to an average of about eight per month.
They aren’t limited to one specific group, said police, and are targeted towards people involved in the drug culture. Random home invasions are rare, but there have been occasions where suspects have targeted the wrong house. Many of them have turned violent.
“It’s one drug group ripping off another drug group and now they are going to extreme. Lots of violence lately and some of these are just low level drug dealers,” said Staff Sgt. Bill Clark with the Edmonton police homicide unit.
“It seems to be just a trend. They seem to be evolving to either ripping people off or getting easy cash or drugs.”
Clark describes the city’s latest homicide on Sunday morning as a home invasion type of crime. Following reports of multiple shots fired, police arrived at a home near 49 Avenue and 111A Street to find a 27-year-old female bleeding in a basement suite. She died before getting to a hospital. Clark noted the woman was believed to have ties with the city’s drug trade.
In early June, Staff Sgt. Kevin Berge with the Edmonton Drug and Gang Enforcement (EDGE) unit said officers have focused their attention on those committing the violent home invasions. It’s a trend police began to notice in late 2013 and hasn’t slowed down since then.
Last February, 23-year-old Deng Mathew Garang Tong was fatally wounded in a stabbing spree that injured four others in the area of 102 Street and 17 Avenue. The incident was drug-related and began as a home invasion at a known drug house.
“When EDGE gets involved with that type of crime, we’re not seizing any drugs or weapons – it’s violence reduction,” said Berge. “These guys are torturing people and they are getting the wrong address, so they are affecting people outside the drug trade quite heavily.”
Thursday, July 16 2015
July 16, 2015 Updated : July 16, 2015 | 3:12 pm
Edmonton police seek suspects in weekend sexual assault
By Andrea Ross Metro Edmonton
Edmonton Police Service Edmonton police are asking for the public's help in locating two suspects allegedly involved in a sexual assault July 5.
Edmonton Police is asking for the public’s help in identifying two suspects who allegedly sexually assaulted a woman in the city’s south side on July 5.
Police say a 36-year-old woman was walking alone at 4 a.m. in the Walker Lakes area of the Summerside neighbourhood near 80 Street and 12 Avenue on Sunday, July 5 when she heard loud music coming from an open garage near a lane. She saw two men, and began running when she heard someone whistle. She was then allegedly knocked to the ground by two men.
One of the men allegedly sexually assaulted her while the other held her down and stole some belongings from her. She was released when she screamed for help, and ran to a nearby street where she flagged down a passing off-duty taxi.
The first suspect is described as a Caucasian male, 6’1″ tall and 230 lbs. He has spiked short brown hair with a trimmed beard and mustache, and brown eyes. He was wearing a long-sleeved hooded jacket. Police have released a composite sketch of this suspect.
The second suspect is described as tall and thin, and was also wearing a long-sleeved hooded jacket.
EPS detectives are looking for anyone who saw or heard the alleged attack, suspects of the complainant, the taxi driver who assisted her, or the location of the garage that was playing loud music early that morning.