Pubdate: Tue, 08 Sep 2009
Source: Calgary Sun, The (CN AB)
Copyright: 2009 The Calgary Sun
Page: 3
Author: Bill Kaufmann


Cops 'Not Surprised' After B.C. Gangster Shot Dead In Calgary

Long-held fears intense B.C. gang violence has migrated to Calgary 
could be borne out by the city's latest homicide, Police Chief Rick 
Hanson said yesterday.

Hanson said links tying Sunday morning's shooting victim to Lower 
Mainland organized crime are cause for concern that an eight-month 
lull in Calgary's gang violence might have been shattered by imported mayhem.

"Would it be a surprise to us? Not at all, but until we can ascertain 
a motive, we can't say if it's something that's migrated," said Hanson.

"It's always been a concern of our's because of the interaction 
between people in the two areas, whether it's trafficking in drugs or 
stolen property."

At 2:30 a.m. Sunday in the 1700 block of 4 St. S.W., gunmen riddled a 
black BMW M6 with B.C. plates where a man sources identify as David 
Tajali was found fatally wounded.

His brother, Niki, was reportedly in another vehicle and injured in 
the shooting while a woman in the BMW was unharmed.

Both brothers have been shot previously in gangland assaults on the 
Lower Mainland in a feud between Persian drug gangs.

David Tajali had reportedly been living in Calgary for the past year. 
Hanson said police are also on alert for any possible retaliation attacks.

"It's never left our radar screen," he said.

It's possible trouble followed Tajali from B.C., said Sgt. Shinder 
Kirk of the RCMP's B.C. Integrated Gang Task Force.

"Whatever your business deals were in your home province, could it 
follow you? Absolutely," said Kirk.

"There are strong ties between groups in Alberta and B.C."

But he said it's also possible the killing arose from a Calgary-based dispute.

Hanson said the incident has Calgary and B.C. police forces closely 
collaborating as they've been forced to do for some time.

"We're co-operating at a level we've never seen before," he said.

Police say Niki Tajali has been co-operative while undergoing 
treatment in hospital.
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