Halifax Regional Police say a Woodside resident was shot in the chest as he tried to keep three assailants out of his home on Wednesday night.
Officers were called to 532 Pleasant St. to find a 50-year-old man with a single bullet wound to his chest. The man was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries but wouldn’t cooperate with police.
Police say they believe three men attempted to force open the victim’s door at about 8:20 p.m. When they were prevented by the resident, a single shot was fired through his door.
When police arrived, the victim wouldn’t allow investigators to enter his home, which sits across from South Woodside Elementary School. A warrant was then acquired and after entering, police say they found evidence of drug activity.
“A secondary warrant under the controlled drugs and substances act was obtained,” said police spokesman Const. Brian Palmeter. “That was executed and as a result of that, a quantity of marijuana and other paraphernalia was located and seized.”
“We currently have two investigations as a result of this incident. One is in regards to the shooting and the second is in regard to the drugs that were discovered. Certainly we will be looking to see if these two facts are linked.”
Neighbours said they didn’t hear anything at the time and only noticed when police arrived on scene.
Police continue to investigate and said they do not believe the shooting was a random one.
“While we can’t necessarily confirm that the victim knew his assailants, we do believe he was specifically targeted,” Palmeter said.