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Wednesday, 4 July 2012

FOB or FK street gangs feud tied to Calgary restaurant shooting


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Police have linked the weekend shooting at a Calgary restaurant to a gang feud that wreaked havoc in the city years ago. Early Sunday, two hooded men entered Basil Ultimate Pho and Fine Vietnamese Cuisine in the city’s northeast and started shooting at a group of approximately 50 attending an after-hours birthday party. Hai Michael Du, a 36-year-old postal worker, was declared dead at the scene, but police staff Sgt. Doug Andrus said Tuesday investigators believe the actual target was a suspected member of either the FOB or FK street gangs. An ongoing feud between the two groups culminated in 25 deaths between 2002-2009. That unidentified person remained in critical condition in hospital Tuesday. Two other unidentified partygoers were also struck but are expected to survive. “For the number of people inside the restaurant, it’s amazing that only one person was deceased and three injured,” Andrus said. Acting Insp. Martin Schiavetta deemed the hit “gang-motivated” and said retaliation is common after such incidents. “We are very concerned that it could happen again,” he said. Police have yet to formally identify the vehicle used by the shooters at Basil but asking the public for any information regarding a white Lexus sedan seen speeding away from the scene in the moments after the shooting. The last deadly act of violence linked to the FOB-FK feud also took place at a local Vietnamese restaurant. On New Years Day 2009, masked intruders stormed the Bolsa restaurant and killed known FK member Sanjeev Mann, friend Aaron Bendle and bystander Keni Su’a. Police have not determined any definitive connection between the Bolsa slayings and Sunday’s incident, Schiavetta said. It’s believed that only one of the four people harmed in the Basil shootings had gang affiliations. On Monday, restaurant owner Steven Tran described victim Du as “the nicest guy around” and refuted any notion that his business is a haven for gang members. Andrus confirmed other claims by Tran that Du had been sitting behind the person believed to have been targeted by the shootings. “His death was likely unintentional,” Andrus said. Police have obtained CCTV camera footage from the scene of the shooting and conducted interviews with more than 20 people in attendance for Sunday’s party. Andrus said they are still working to identify a handful of people that were in attendance and others they have interviewed are being un-cooperative or going so far as to provide misleading information. Contacted again Tuesday, Steven Tran and his wife Tina declined to comment further on the incident at their establishment. “We have already said all there is to say,” Tina Tran said. “We are trying to focus on other things.”


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