CALGARY, ALBERTA – A brutal attack outside a shopping center on the Tsuut’ina First Nation has left a 35-year-old man with severe injuries and unable to work. The victim, Rifat, had moved to Calgary from Toronto and was still adjusting to his new life when he was viciously assaulted.
The incident occurred as Rifat was finishing a quick errand, stopping at Costco to fill up his gas tank before heading to the nearby Dollarama to pick up some items for his family. As he was putting his purchases in the trunk of his car, a man with a gun and a hammer approached him and ordered him to get inside the vehicle. When Rifat attempted to step away, the assailant struck him multiple times with the hammer, causing a skull fracture, internal bleeding, a broken arm, and nerve damage that left the left side of his face paralyzed.
The attacker fled the scene, leaving Rifat in need of immediate medical attention. Witnesses came to his aid, called 911, and stayed with him until the police arrived. Despite ongoing investigations, the assailant has not yet been apprehended.
The aftermath of the attack has left Rifat unable to work, as he was on contract and not eligible for short-term benefits. The financial strain on top of his extensive medical needs has prompted a call for donations to support his recovery. A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to help alleviate the financial burden on Rifat as he heals from the traumatic and life-altering experience.
This vicious and senseless act of violence has shocked the community and raised concerns about safety and security on the Tsuut’ina First Nation. As the investigation continues, authorities are urging anyone with information about the assailant to come forward, while also providing support services for the victim as he navigates the physical and emotional toll of the attack.