Calgary police are continuing to search for a suspect who fled the scene following a car chase and shooting that resulted in a multi-vehicle collision and the death of a mother of five on Tuesday night.
Police say the occupants of a red Chevrolet Silverado and a gray Volkswagen Jetta were driving erratically and shooting at each other at around 11:10 p.m., just before the two vehicles collided at an intersection in Forest Lawn, hitting two other cars not involved in the hunt.
Angela McKenzie, 40, was driving a silver van that was involved in the accident and was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say she was an innocent victim of the incident and it does not appear her van was hit by bullets.
The individual who took off on foot from the Jetta was found nearby, police said. He was shot and taken to hospital, where he is in stable condition.
Stray bullets hit at least two nearby homes on SE 36th Street. No one in these houses was injured, according to the police.
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Police say witnesses told them two suspects fled the Chevrolet Silverado, but it is now possible there was only one person in the stolen vehicle.
“While original witness information indicates that two suspects fled the offending vehicle, and through a review of CCTV at this stage, it is undetermined whether two individuals fled the vehicle. We have verified that the truck was stolen and have a description of the prime suspect who fled the scene after the collision,” Staff Sergeant Sean Gregson said in a statement Thursday.
“This suspect remains at large and we encourage anyone with information about his identity or whereabouts to contact the police.”
Police say the wanted suspect is a 25- to 30-year-old man of average build, wearing a baseball cap and carrying a laptop-style bag.
“Our thoughts are with Angela’s family and friends at this difficult time and we remain focused on identifying the driver of the truck in order to hold him accountable for this senseless death,” Gregson said.
McKenzie left behind many family members and friends, including her five children and her partner Jeffrey Poirier. The father of her children died in February, friends and family told CBC.
Police are still investigating what led to the shooting and collision, interviewing witnesses and combing through CCTV, cellphone and dashcam footage.
Police are asking anyone with cellphone or dashcam footage, or any information about the incident, to call the Calgary Police Department at 403-266-1234 or contact anonymously Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.