EMS transported the man, believed to be approximately 60 years old, to the Foothills Medical Centre in critical condition. As of Saturday morning, the victim's condition is considered stable.
Friends say the victim is named Yousef, a father of three and a pillar of the Somali community.
"He's a really respected individual in the community, and that's why we are here,” explained Imam Abdi Hersy. “I am the Imam of the community and he's one of the elders of the community. We are outraged of what happened,"
According to police, two masked men carrying guns entered the Dahab Exchange, a money transferring business which assists Calgary's Somalian community send funds to family members in the African nation. The incident occurred near closing time and Yousef's friends believe the shooting was the result of a robbery gone wrong.
Police are searching for two male suspects. One man was wearing a red hoodie, the other a brown and black hoodie.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Calgary Police Service, 403-266-1234, or Crime Stoppers.
- Calgary News