Calgary Police Identify Man As ‘Target’ Victim In Sunalta Shooting

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A 36-year-old man was the targeted victim in Calgary’s first homicide of the year, police said.

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Eric Riendeau was shot dead in the southwestern neighborhood of Sunalta on Thursday afternoon. Police were called to the 1200 block of 17th Street SW at around 3:20 p.m. and found Riendeau in an alley, where he was eventually pronounced dead despite rescue efforts.

The Calgary Police Department said on Friday that an autopsy had been performed and that Riendeau’s death marks Calgary’s first homicide in 2022.

“The victim is believed to have been targeted,” police said in a statement.

Police are looking for a “suspicious vehicle” described as a small black or dark gray SUV “which may have frequented the area”.

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Police closed 12th Avenue SW between 17th Street and 18th Street SW on Thursday, and it is still closed as the investigation continues. An alley to the south and parallel to 12th Avenue SW was also still closed Friday afternoon.

Police said anyone who may have information about the homicide or the wanted car can contact them at 403-266-1234 or submit information anonymously to Crime Stoppers.

Last year there were 19 homicides in Calgary. The first of this year happened in mid-February, when Daniel Dudgeon was found dead in the parking lot of the Mazaj Lounge and Restaurant. This case is still not resolved.

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