Calgary Herald

Fatal shootings of two men in car were targeted: police

- STEPHANIE BABYCH Twitter: @Babychstep­hanie

The Calgary police homicide unit is investigat­ing after two men were found Tuesday morning shot to death in a running vehicle in the northeast community of Marlboroug­h.

Officers were called to the 1000 block of Marcombe Drive N.E. for reports of a suspicious vehicle that was left running on the street around 9:20 a.m. Police found two men dead inside.

The deaths are believed to be targeted, police said in a news release Tuesday afternoon.

Investigat­ors believe the vehicle had been parked on the street since Monday evening and the two occupants were shot to death between 9 and 9:30 p.m.

“This was a violent and targeted incident that resulted in the death of two individual­s,” says Staff Sgt. Martin Schiavetta of the homicide unit. “While we are in the early stages of this investigat­ion, this shooting has the hallmarks of organized crime. We are committed to keeping our community safe and asking anyone with informatio­n to contact police.”

Investigat­ors were seen analyzing the vehicle and the snowy area around it Tuesday afternoon, taping off a section of the street.

Autopsies for the two who were found dead are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. Police won't be releasing further informatio­n about the individual­s until they are identified and their next of kin are contacted.

Investigat­ors are also seeking security camera footage from the area.

If the shootings are confirmed to be homicides, it would bring the total number of homicides in Calgary this year to 32.

Anyone with informatio­n about the vehicle or incident, as well as anyone who may have witnessed suspicious activity in the area of Marcombe Drive N.E. between 9 and 9:30 p.m., are asked to contact police. This would include any people driving in the area who might have dashcam footage.

Anyone with informatio­n can call the homicide tip line at 403428-8877 or the Calgary police non-emergency line at 403-2661234, or leave anonymous tips through Crime Stoppers at 1-800222-8477 or www.calgarycri­

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