Calgary police charge man accused of opening fire in 17th Avenue park

A man is facing seven charges after he fired multiple shots in Calgary’s Beltline following an argument. 

“Just after 2 a.m., on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020, a man engaged in a verbal altercation within another man at Tomkins Park, located at 828 16 Ave. S.W.,” reads a news release from Calgary police.  

“The suspect stood in the middle of 16th Avenue and discharged his firearm multiple times in rapid succession, before fleeing the area. Thankfully no one was injured as a result.”

Police say they scoured video footage from the area and were able to identify the suspect, who was arrested in an apartment building in the downtown core. 

“Standing in the middle of a downtown street recklessly firing a weapon, at a time when the establishments in the area are closing for the night, put many people in danger,” said District 1 Staff Sgt. Jodi Gach in the news release.

“We have seen the deadly consequences of events such as this and will do everything we can to find those who are so careless with the lives of others.”

Rami El-Lahib, 26, has been charged with:

  • Possession of a weapon contrary to a prohibition order. 
  • Discharge of a firearm with intent while being reckless. 
  • Careless use of a firearm. 
  • Pointing a firearm. 
  • Carrying a concealed weapon. 
  • Knowing possession of an unlicensed weapon.
  • Possession of restricted/prohibited firearm with ammunition.

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