Henry Le Nguyen's lawyer is raising concerns that someone was able to track the former FOB gang member's schedule before gunning him down in broad daylight as he headed to court Monday.
He was shot several times — including in the stomach and foot — but is in serious but stable condition in hospital, sources tell CBC News.
Tonii Roulston says her client has strict release conditions and was under 24-hour house arrest.
He was a member of one of Calgary's most violent criminal organizations, and is the second FOB associate to be shot this summer.
Phillip Tu — who spent time in prison for a multimillion-dollar ecstasy bust in 2005 — was killed in August outside his home.
Nguyen, who is his 20s, was on his way to court for a 9:30 a.m. appearance on a charge of conspiracy to commit murder. He also faces several drug and weapons-related charges.
"Without being an investigator, it is evident that the perpetrators utilized whatever opportunity they had to capitalize on Mr. Nguyen leaving his home and being subject to the condition to attend court," said Roulston.
Nguyen was shot in the 4500 block of Seventh Avenue S.E. around 9:15 a.m.
Police believe the attack was targeted.
"It's a very brazen attack. It's very disconcerting for any neighbourhood in Calgary to have individuals out shooting," said Staff Sgt. Paul Magnus.
Past gang war
The FOB gang — which initially stood for "Fresh Off the Boat" when it formed in the late 1990s — has all but collapsed after a massive police crackdown that led to charges against five men.
- IN-DEPTH | The fall of the FOB gang in Calgary
A gang war between the FOB and the FK (FOB Killers) is connected to at least 25 deaths between 2002 and 2009.
While there are no deaths in today's shooting, a gas meter on one of the houses was struck, which caused a leak.
The Calgary police guns and gangs unit is involved in the investigation. Police don't yet have any details on suspects or a suspect vehicle.
Anyone who may have been in the area at the time of the incident is asked to contact the Calgary police at 403-266-1234 or Crime Stoppers.
Roulston says she certainly has concerns for the safety of her client moving forward, but they will wait until more information is gathered on how to proceed in the future.