Police say driver who sped through parade barricade in Calgary has no extremist
Calgary police say national security partners are investigating, but they don't believe there are any links to extremist activity after a driver ignored police barricades and attempted to drive toward a military parade downtown on Saturday.
An officer fired shots in an attempt to stop the vehicle, and Alberta's police watchdog has been called in to investigate.
Sixth Avenue S.W. is closed between Fifth Street and Seventh Street S.W., and Sixth Street S.W. is closed between Fifth Avenue and Ninth Avenue S.W., as of 4:15 p.m. The closure was expected to remain in place for several hours.
At 2:50 p.m. a driver drove through police barricades in the 600 block of 8th Avenue S.W. toward members marching with the 41 Service Battalion Freedom of the City parade, police said.
Officers tried to block the car with a patrol vehicle, causing the driver to pull a U-turn and attempt to flee.
An officer then fired shots at the vehicle, which continued to 6th Avenue and Sixth Street S.W. where it collided with a bystander's vehicle before coming to a stop.
He started driving toward me, toward the intersection … that's when [officers] opened fire.
- Greg Kucharski, witness.
The driver and the passenger of the vehicle were taken into custody.
The driver, a 22-year-old man, and the passenger, a 28-year-old woman, are in hospital in stable condition. EMS could not confirm if the injuries were caused by gunshots.
Police, pedestrians and the occupants of the bystander vehicle weren't injured, police said.
The officer who fired his gun was a 12-year member of the service.
Kucharski said he saw other pedestrians duck behind pillars as the shots rang out.
"There was broken windows from where the bullets hit the car. He kept driving … it is pretty crazy to see something like that."https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/downtown-calgary-shooting-1.5327848?__vfz=medium%3Dsharebar&fbclid=IwAR3mxjxlo6-pOYVyD4JOhh_c76BRsaJdSuworvZJ4L4pIJm880rizjving4