One person sought in a long weekend gangland murder probably suffered burns while fleeing the scene of the crime, city police said Wednesday.
The fatal shooting of Gurkeet Kalkat, 25, on Saturday afternoon is thought to be part of a criminal gang war centred in B.C.’s Lower Mainland.
Police responded to calls of gunfire around 5:30 p.m. in the 1800 block of 26th Avenue S.W. in the community of South Calgary, just south of Bankview.
Officers found Kalkat wounded in a white Acura sedan in an alley behind the Alberta Seventh Step Society, a transitional housing program for offenders and ex-offenders. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say Kalkat was a resident of a halfway house at the time of his death.
Police believe one of the assailants may have been burned while torching a van used in the crime. The vehicle was found in the 2100 block of 31st Avenue S.W.
“We believe one of the suspects may have sustained burn injuries to his hands and arms during this incident,” said Staff Sgt. Martin Schiavetta.
“At the time of the shooting, there were at least five residents in a nearby back yard that could have been easily struck by stray bullets,” he said.
He noted Kalkat’s younger brother, Jaskeert, was shot to death in a Burnaby parking lot on May 13.
And given the retaliatory nature of the gang war that’s claimed 20 lives in the Lower Mainland, more bloodshed is expected, said Schiavetta.
“Obviously, we’re very concerned with the level of violence not only within our city but in the province of B.C.,” he said.
“Anyone associated to gang members, whether they’re friends or family, could be possible targets . . . We’re also extremely concerned about members of the public and the police service.”
The recent spate of violent crime is linked to the splintering of the Red Scorpions into another gang called the Brother’s Keepers, said Doug King, a criminology professor at Mount Royal University.
He said the violence is rooted in the drug trade.
Calgary Police are working closely with law enforcement in B.C. to solve the crime but also say evidence from the public is crucial.
“We know there are people in the community who know who’s responsible, whether that be in Calgary or the Lower Mainland,” said Schiavetta.
Anyone with information on the crime is asked to contact police at 403-266-1234 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.