CALGARY, Alberta (AP) – Investigators were searching Friday for the gunman or gunmen who opened fire at a New Year’s Eve house party in Calgary, leaving one person dead and six others injured, including one in critical condition.
Detective Steve Adair said Thursday that police received multiple calls just after 5am reporting shots fired at a party attended by more than 50 people.
He said by the time officers arrived, the suspect or suspects had already fled.
Police found five people in and around the house with gunshot wounds. Adair said two other people later showed up at hospitals for treatment.
Police said they don’t know how many suspects are involved and don’t have a motive for the shootings.
An autopsy was planned for Friday and the person’s identity won’t be released until then, police said. The victim died in a local hospital.
Local residents said the gunfire shattered the pre-dawn quiet of the tree-lined neighbour-hood.
“All I heard was like this ‘pop, pop, pop, pop.’ I was half asleep, half awake, and that’s all I heard, and I didn’t really know what it was so I just went back to sleep,” said Nita Nestman, who lives in a condo on the same street.
Nestman said the street had been quiet for most of the evening. When she heard the noise she didn’t expect it to be gunfire.