CALGARY – Police are investigating a brazen daytime shooting in the community of Forest Heights.

Officers were called to the 4500 block of 7 Avenue S.E. at around 9:15 a.m. on Monday for reports that a man had been shot.

EMS said a man in his 20s was rushed to hospital in potentially life-threatening condition. His condition was later upgraded to serious but stable, according to police.

Global News has learned the victim is Henry Le Nguyen. Le Nguyen is associated with high profile gang violence in Calgary.

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One neighbour, who wished to remain anonymous, said Le Nguyen had been shot in the abdomen and foot.

“We heard the ‘pop, pop’ and then I saw him out my window banging on doors, asking people to let him in because he said he’d been shot,” she said.

“I held his hand, I was trying to give him comfort. He was having a hard time breathing.”

Another neighbour, Sandra Graval, was on the way to the grocery store when the shooting occurred.

“I live here, and you think you’re safe… but you’re not. I guess you’re not safe anywhere,” she said.

Witnesses describe hearing multiple shots fired.

“One shot woke me up first – and then there was a burst of four or five,” said a neighbour who didn’t wish to be identified. “So five or six shots.”

No other injuries were reported, however, some area residents were briefly evacuated after a stray bullet hit a gas line which began leaking. Police say the leak was contained quickly.

“There’s holes in the fences, there’s a hole in the gas metre,” said Duty Insp. Paul Magnus. “Rounds flying through the air in a neighborhood is never good for a community.”

Police have not yet released a description of the suspects.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact police or call Crime Stoppers.

– With files from Sarah Offin, Carolyn Kury de Castillo and Nancy Hixt

 

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