Calgary police are checking whether graffiti targeting Muslims and Syrian refugees that was spray-painted at a light-rail transit station is a hate crime.
Calgary Transit notified police early Thursday evening that one of their C-trains had been sprayed.
When officers arrived at the northwest Tuscany station, they discovered hate-fuelled messages laced with vicious profanity and death threats on many locations, as well as on vehicles in the parking lot.
Investigators believe one or two people may have been responsible.
They're checking video from security cameras to help them identify potential suspects.
Sgt. Ray Kelly, a police spokesman, says they will use their resources to bring the offenders to court.
"We investigate every type of crime and that includes this crime," said Kelly.
Calgarians passing through the station while police were at the scene were shocked by the graffiti.
Bhavesh Chauhon and a friend, Bhaveek Makan, came down to check out the extent of the vandalism.
"It's surprising how hateful people can be. We weren't expecting it in a city like Calgary which is so tolerant and everyone gets along," said Chauhon.
Makan said there is a lot of good coming out of Calgary's Muslim community.
"I was a born Hindu, but I am agnostic and I have a lot of Muslim friends. It's just the kind of situation that, what if, really a nice Muslim man comes through and that's the first thing he sees when he goes to work?"
Last month, a mosque in Cold Lake, Alta., was spray-painted for the second time in a little over a year.
As well, a deliberately set fire at a mosque in Peterborough, Ont., caused about $80,000 worth of damage. (CHQR, CTV Calgary)