New images show just how close a Calgary millionaire came being killed after getting gunned down while sitting in his Rolls Royce. On Wednesday, Calgary Police Service released photos tied to the December 19, 2016 shooting in the upscale southwest community of Mount Royal.
“The titanium credit card was in the pocket of the suit vest being worn by the victim at the time of the shooting. These photos show how violent this encounter was,” said Staff Sgt. Jodi Gach.
At about 8 a.m. the day of the incident, officers were called to the 2200 block of 7 Street S.W. in front of the mansion of prominent real estate developer Riaz Mamdani. He survived the shooting after getting hit with several bullets.
A few hours after, an SUV believed to have been at the scene was found burned out a few blocks away. Investigators say the white, Hyundai Sante Fe was spotted speeding away from the Mamdani’s mansion after gunfire erupted.
“We learned that children are in bed and they’re hearing gunshots and they’re jumping out of bed and going onto the ground because they’re afraid. The police doesn’t take that lightly and it’s important to us that we hold the offenders accountable,” said Staff Sgt. Gach.
CPS is looking for information from the public about the whereabouts of the SUV in the days and hours before the shooting.
Mamdani is the subject of several court cases including a class action lawsuit from investors who claim they lost millions. Police said he is being very cooperative with the investigation but they didn’t tie his business dealings to the attack.
“The motive has been unconfirmed,” said Staff Sgt. Gach. “What I can tell you is that over a period of time and through investigative strategies we know that allegiances between different individuals change and throughout our investigation we have developed new leads.”
At the time, police only described a suspect as a man wearing a bright orange jacket.
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