|Calgary Police investigators look for clues at Basil Ultimate Pho and Fine Vietnamese Cuisine after gunfire erupted early Sunday. (DARREN MAKOWICHUK/QMI AGENCY)
CALGARY -- Gunfire erupted in a northeast eatery early Sunday, leaving one dead and three others injured.
At about 2 a.m., cops were called to Basil Ultimate Pho and Fine Vietnamese Cuisine, responding to reports of several shooting victims.
When officers arrived, one man was declared dead at the scene while two others were rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries. Their conditions are unknown.
Shortly after, a female showed up at the same Calgary hospital with a minor gunshot wound, believed to have been suffered in the same shootings.
All victims are in their 30s and 40s, and police are not clear of any connection between them.
Insp. Craig Skelton said it is not believed this was a random shooting, but it is unknown if there's a gang connection at this time.
"At this time we don't have any information that would lead us to a suspect," he said.
Skelton said the Bolsa restaurant shooting massacre of Jan. 1, 2009, in downtown Calgary, which was gang-related, is experience investigators will draw upon when looking at this shooting and others.
"There has to be concern in Calgary when acts of violence like this occur," he said. "We should all be concerned.
"This is our community, (and) we want to have a safe community and we work very hard to have a safe community, so this does affect us all."
Raj Persad, owner of the MP Liquor store next door, was indeed concerned when he arrived to work Sunday to find yellow police tape strung everywhere, but more for his friend than himself.
The owner of Basil, Steven Tran, is a friend, he said, and he has yet to learn who was shot.
"It hurts more than it worries me, because they were good to me," Persad said. "They're some of the most pleasant people to talk to."
Also shocked was Dustin Faver, an employee at the nearby Smashburger restaurant.
He also arrived to the police presence on his way into work.
Faver said he's been out back talking to Basil employees on his smoke breaks.
"I know a few people who work there," he said. "They seem like nice guys.
"I never thought something like this would happen around here."
Homicide investigators were at the scene all day Sunday, aided in their efforts in the morning by local search and rescue teams as they looked for clues.
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