A woman in handcuffs is led by police away from the Crowfoot BMO in Calgary, Alta. on Tuesday, May 14, 2013.
Credits: Lyle Aspinall/Calgary Sun/QMI Agency
Cops and the province's police watchdog are still trying to determine how the incident unfolded in the Crowfoot Crossing Shopping Centre.
Spokesman Kevin Brookwell said uniformed police in a marked unit spotted a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot outside the Bank of Montreal at about 3:40 p.m.
Police said the vehicle was stopped as police approached on foot, challenging its occupants.
That's when the driver hit the gas, cops said.
"He mounted a sidewalk and struck two elderly pedestrians," Brookwell said.
The sound of some sort of collision and two apparent gunshots piqued the attention of Stefan Danylo and a friend at a nearby bus stop.
They ran over to see police taking one man into custody while another was motionless and bleeding badly on the ground amid shattered glass.
"I didn't know if the guy was dead or not," the 17-year-old said. "Within seconds, police were everywhere."
Another witness, Adam Daley, said he believes there were motorists in two vehicles chasing each another when one plowed into the side of the building.
Moments later, he heard shots fired.
One man was seen handcuffed and led to a police cruiser while a woman, also in handcuffs, was walked out of the bank by police about a half hour later.
There are no indications the incident was linked to the bank.
A woman in her late 70s, who was temporarily pinned under a vehicle, was taken to hospital in serious, but stable, condition. A man with her, also in his 70s, did not suffer serious injuries but was given a ride to hospital by police.
The male driver of the vehicle suffered gunshot wounds to his stomach and face, witnesses said, and was in serious condition Tuesday evening.
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team - which probes any shooting involving police - were sent to the scene to take over the investigation.
Calgary Police Association president Howard Burns said he believes officers acted appropriately.
"It looks like our officers were put in a bad situation and they reacted accordingly and I think once the investigation is complete the facts will bear that out," he said.