Charges have now been laid in connection with the weekend shooting that claimed the live of defensive back Mylan Hicks.
The 23 year old Calgary Stampeders’ practice roster player was gunned down outside the Marquee Beer Market on Macleod Trail early Sunday morning.
Police believe an altercation started inside the nightclub between two groups of people and the altercation then moved outside, although it’s not yet clear what the fight was all about.
Three suspects were taken into custody, with one being charged while the other two were released pending further investigation.
19-year-old Nelson Tony Lugela now faces a charge of second-degree murder and will be in court on Friday.
Investigators are still hoping to speak with anyone who saw or recorded the altercation.
Inspector Don Coleman says it’s not entirely clear what led to the altercation inside the bar in the first place.
“Other than the fact there was an altercation that involved several people inside the nightclub and was believed to have been over,” Coleman told reporters Monday afternoon. “Then once the bar lets out, the altercation continued and was escalated in the parking lot.”
“But I don’t know if Mr. Hicks was targeted in any way.”
Coleman was also asked about the Marquee itself, and whether police had regular dealings there or not, like they did when it was known as The Back Alley.
“Well I think that location, despite the name change, continues to be a draw on resources in that area,” Coleman said. “I know from having worked in that area in the past and speaking to officers recently, there’s lots of activity around that bar and it’s patrolled very well by our membership.”
He adds the bar does utilize an ID scanning technology, but says it’s only as good as the information provided and may not catch everyone who could pose a risk.