Tragedy struck a second time for a Calgary family with police identifying the victim of the city’s most recent homicide as Matthew David Maniago, 29, the brother of former WHL hockey goalie Michael Maniago, 20, who was killed in a car crash in 2008.
Calgary police said a man found in medical distress in the McKenzie Lake neighbourhood Monday night died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds and identified the victim as Matthew on Wednesday.
Officers found the victim around 11:45 p.m. when they were called to the 100 block of Mt. Aberdeen Manor S.E. for reports of a man in medical distress lying in the street. Matthew died at the scene.
Sgt. Martin Schiavetta said the victim did not reside in the area and there were no reports of suspicious activity at the location prior to the incident.
It marks Calgary’s 15th homicide of the year.
Police believe it was targeted but said it is not connected to increased violence and shootings in northeast Calgary.
“We’ve seen an increase in shootings but I want to make a distinction that this homicide is not related to the other homicides, or rather shootings, that we are investigating now,” said Schiavetta.
“We know that we are looking for a specific vehicle and through the investigative process are confident this is not related to any files we are currently investigating.”
Between January and the end of September there were 65 shootings in the city.
Investigators are still collecting and reviewing CCTV footage from the area. They are also searching for a vehicle, possibly a white Honda CRV, that was seen leaving the scene.
Police are asking anyone who might have dashcam footage from the moments before the shooting to contact them.
“We are hoping if anyone was in the area at the time of the homicide and saw this vehicle whether they can review their dashcam footage,” said Schiavetta.
The incident comes over 11 years after Matthew’s brother Michael was killed after a car crash in Calgary’s southeast. Michael, who split four WHL seasons between the Lethbridge Hurricanes and Kamloops Blazers, died instantly after the car was struck on the driver’s side as it went through an intersection.
Matthew, along with two other passengers, was in the vehicle with his brother at the time and suffered varying injuries.
They were reportedly going to pick up pizza when the crash occurred. Matthew was 18 at the time.
People with information about the incident can contact police by calling the non-emergency number at 403-266-1234, the homicide top line at 403-428-8877 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.calgarycrimestoppers.org.