Man Suffers Violent Attack Outside Shopping Plaza in Calgary: Relief Campaign Launched for Victim

CALGARY, ALBERTA – A recent violent attack at a shopping center on Tsuut’ina First Nation in Calgary has left a man seriously injured and in need of support as he recovers.

On January 14, 2024, Rifat, a 35-year-old project coordinator who had recently moved to Calgary from Toronto, was filling up gas at Costco before heading to the Dollarama at the same plaza to grab a few items for his family. It was around 5:00 pm when an assailant approached him with a gun in one hand and a hammer in the other, demanding that Rifat get inside his car. When Rifat tried to move away, the man struck him multiple times with the hammer, leaving him with a skull fracture, internal bleeding, a broken arm, and nerve damage that caused partial paralysis to the left side of his face.

The attack, which has left Rifat out of work without pay due to his contract position, has sparked an investigation by the police. However, the assailant has yet to be apprehended.

The community has come together to support Rifat as he heals from the brutal attack. An online fundraising campaign has been launched to help relieve the financial burden on Rifat and his family during this difficult time. Donations are being sought to assist with his medical expenses and living costs while he is unable to work.

Rifat’s story has gained attention from local news outlets, raising awareness about the impact of violent crimes in the community. The incident has left many concerned for the safety of residents and visitors to the area, prompting calls for increased security measures and support for victims of similar attacks.

As Rifat continues his recovery, the community hopes to rally around him and provide the assistance he needs to overcome the physical and financial challenges caused by this senseless act of violence.