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Calgary police say 60% of shootings in 2015 have been drug-related

Following a slew of shootings in the city's northeast, Calgary police said the incidents are "extremely concerning" Tuesday, while offering reporters insight into what officers are dealing with.

Staff Sgt. Quinn Jacques with the CPS guns and gangs unit said in 2014 the CPS investigated a total of 54 shooting events, and has already investigated 63 such events in 2015, 25 of which he said took place in District 5 in the city's northeast.

"Never before have we seen this kind of prevalence of gun-related violence in our community," he said. "Disputes over drugs are nothing new, but using guns to solve these disputes has now become the rule instead of the exception."

Jacques said 60 per cent of shooting incidents in the city have been determined to be drug-related.

This map of Calgary indicates where shootings have occurred in 2015 and what CPS said is the motivation.

Contributed by CPS

This map of Calgary indicates where shootings have occurred in 2015 and what CPS said is the motivation.

"There is a troubling ease of acquiring a gun in Calgary," he said.

According to Jacques, the guns and gangs unit is targeting groups in their investigation who are suspected of being involved in the shootings, but said he couldn't divulge details.

"The vast majority have been targeted attacks committed by members of a particular group," he said.

He said police area also working with the groups in an attempt to mitigate the violence.

Ward 5 Coun. Ray Jones said he was debriefed by CPS Tuesday morning after he raised concerns at the city council meeting Monday.

"I feel a lot more comfortable about what is being done after my meeting with the police this morning," he said.

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