With the city seeing a record number of shootings in a year, police say arrests in incidents have become more difficult.
Many of the problems, she says, are because victims don’t want to talk to investigators.
“We’re literally getting calls from someone showing up at the hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg telling us they don’t want anything to do with us,” said Calgary Police Supt. Scott Boyd during a presentation to the Calgary Police Commission last week.
There have been 108 shootings in Calgary so far this year.
The latest incident happened Sunday evening in the 2000 block of 27th Street SE. Police arrived at the scene and found a young man shot in the leg.
Calgary Police Service officials confirmed to CTV News Calgary that the victim was found in the backyard of a home in the area.
Officers taped off a white Jeep, with windows blown out and what appeared to be bullets.
In his presentation, Boyd says Calgary is on a dangerous trend.
“We know we are on pace to break previous records with this kind of violence, which has already claimed many lives,” he said.
“Violence can directly contribute to the careless and reckless behavior of a few individuals in our city who do not reflect the same caring beliefs and values expressed by the majority of Calgarians.”
This year, 12 people have died in shootings, with police adding that most of the incidents are targeted.
Unfortunately, about 30 investigations lack sufficient evidence to continue, officials say.
Anyone with information about any of the shootings is asked to contact the CPS non-emergency line at 403-266-1234. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers.