CALGARY (660 NEWS) — Calgary’s latest murder victim has been identified after he was dropped off at a hospital along with another man also suffering gunshot wounds.
Early on Monday morning, the pair were taken to a hospital after a shooting police believe happened in the northeast community of Rundle.
One of the men died a few hours later, and police have identified him as 22-year-old Keem Geng.
The other victim, also a 22-year-old man, remains in hospital in stable condition after suffering life-altering injuries.
Geng is the 19th confirmed homicide in 2019, and also the latest victim in a rise of gun violence in the city.
While Calgary’s homicide numbers are close to the same as last year, when there were 17, the change this year has centred around the number of shootings.
“We’ve had way too many shootings in the city of Calgary,” said S/Sgt. Colin Chisholm in a press conference on Monday.
There have been over 80 incidents with gunfire in 2019, and police add it is fortunate there have not been any innocent bystanders caught in the crossfire — especially in brazen shootings like one on Boxing Day that left a man dead.
The victim there, 23-year-old Farah Handule, was from Ontario and reportedly wanted on a Canada-wide warrant.
Calgary police are working with counterparts in Ottawa to determine why the victim was in the city.
“It’s concerning the number of guns that are on the street. Illegal guns, and possibly legal guns as well,” Chisholm added.
Police are still looking for suspects in these two latest shootings. The white 2018 Ford Fusion that dropped off the victims on Monday has been found, but the driver is yet to be located, and police are asking anyone with information to come forward.
Autopsy results are also awaited in a death on December 27th, which would be Calgary’s 20th homicide of the year if it is confirmed to be murder as well.
In 2016 and 2017, there were 30 murders in each year, and 2015 was a particularly bad year with 37 homicides.