A car drove into the parking lot at the Ten-X nightclub in Calgary, Alberta, shortly after 1:30 a.m. on Sunday. There were three men inside the vehicle. One got out, walked to the door of the nightclub and opened fire.
The bouncers inside the club grabbed him immediately and were able to subdue him. A second man jumped out of the car and tried to help the man get free. His efforts were unsuccessful and he fled the scene. An employee of the bar placed pressure on the wound of the victim. The bar issued a statement praising the actions of its employees for saving lives and quick thinking.
Only one shot hit a victim, two other shots went off as the man was tackled by two bouncers. The situation could have been far worse had they not moved immediately to intervene. The victim is in stable condition with major damage to his torso.
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The Calgary Herald reported,
Glaicar said the police’s gang suppression unit was doing regular patrols and happened to be across the street when the shooting occurred. Members heard gunshots and rushed to the scene.
“The actions of the two doormen and the speedy response of the gang suppression team suppressed what could have been even more violence,” [Staff Sgt Brad] Glaicar said.
The suspect, who was immediately tackled by bar staff, was taken into custody. Wallace said the suspect was “screaming death threats” as he was arrested by police.
[Spencer] Wallace, who has worked security at the club patting down guests for three months, recalled a chaotic scene inside the packed club.
He said gunfire “exploded” the establishment’s front door and struck a patron inside.
“I saw a guy hit in the chest, he dropped,” said Wallace.
“Then all hell breaks loose. People start running for any door they can see.”
Wallace dialed 911 and another employee rushed to put pressure on the victim’s wound. At the same time, people inside the establishment began to scream, yell and stampede for the exits when they realized what was happening.
“People just start running for the doors . . . everyone tries to run out the back or the side door,” recalled Wallace.
Police were able to get the situation under control and transit buses were brought in to house witnesses who were interviewed, Wallace said.
Quitting the business
Wallace told the Calgary Herald that he was now “done” with being a bouncer because it progressed from knives to bullets. The two Muslim suspects were arrested.
The Muslims with evil intent
Mohamed Elmi, 31, and Mohamed Salad, 29 have both been charged with:
- Attempted murder
- Discharge firearm with intent to endanger life
- Unauthorized possession of a firearm
- Unauthorized possession of a firearm in a vehicle
- Possession of firearm with altered or defaced serial number
- Aggravated assault
- Pointing a firearm
The identity of the suspect who fled the scene has not been determined. None of the Canadian media outlets labeled this as a “terror attack.”And the bar itself labeled it as a “senseless and random attack.” Senseless, yes. Random, unlikely.
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