Pineridge residents asked to continue sheltering hours after gunshots fired

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Some residents in the northeast community of Pineridge were required to shelter in place while others were unable to return home after gunshots were fired into the neighbourhood Thursday morning.

Police asked all residents in the 600 block of Pineland Road N.E. to shelter due to an “ongoing police incident” and confirmed multiple shots were fired in the area.

The shelter advisory remained in place into Thursday night, with police asking Calgarians to continue avoiding the area.

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Police were first called to the scene at about 5:50 a.m. for reports of property damage.

Officers later learned a man, believed to be armed, was in the basement suite of a residence and threatening to shoot others. Several shots were fired from the suite into the neighbourhood. No injuries were reported.

Police said they were trying to coax the man out and that entering the residence would put officers and the suspect at significant risk.

“The man’s motivation in this incident is still unknown and our goal is to negotiate his peaceful surrender to officers so he can be safely taken into custody,” Calgary police said in a release Thursday night.

As of 10 p.m., police had not arrested the suspect, whom they believed to still be inside the residence.

A wide area around the scene was cordoned off, with a considerable police presence still active in the area.

“We completely understand the impact this situation is having on the surrounding community and are working to resolve it as quickly as possible,” Supt. Ryan Ayliffe said in the release.

“Our primary goal is always to preserve the life and safety of the public, people in crisis and our officers. We ask for continued patience as we try to bring this to a peaceful end.”

Calgary Transit brought out buses to shelter residents who have been unable to return home.

An armoured RCMP vehicle responds to a shooting incident in the northeast community of Pineridge on Thursday, April 22, 2021.
An armoured RCMP vehicle responds to a shooting incident in the northeast community of Pineridge on Thursday, April 22, 2021. Photo by Gavin Young/Postmedia

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