Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Calgary Police Report Spike in Gun Violence, Blame Disorganized Criminal Group

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Calgary Police Report Spike in Gun Violence, Blame Disorganized Criminal Group

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Calgary police report spike in gun violence

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Calgary police say there has been an increase in the number of shootings over the last year.

There were 45 shootings in 2017 compared to just 37 in 2016.

Officials say more than 100 guns connected to crime have been seized in 2017.

About 40 people are being investigated for 55 shootings since 2012, a number of unsolved homicides in the last five years and at least 17 reported violent home invasions this year alone.

Police say the gun violence comes hand in hand with other violent behaviour exhibited by suspects.

The say the problem is generally localized to individuals of a group that is very disorganized and lacking in the structure of traditional gangs.

"These are predominantly young men who have zero regard for the safety of others, but even more alarming, have zero regard for their own lives," said Staff Sgt. …

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