A 15-year-old boy known to police was arrested yesterday in relation to the recent drive-by shooting in Halifax.
The victim and three of his friends were walking along Bayers Road at the intersection at Romans Avenue just before 6 p.m. on Tuesday night when a car they described as a silver Honda Civic drove past. The boys described a popping sound and the victim thought firecrackers were thrown down the back of his coat.
When they got to the Halifax Shopping Centre, he realized he was grazed by a bullet. He was taken to the hospital and released later.
Then early yesterday morning, police made an arrest.
“Parents of a youth stepped forward and the youth stepped forward as well and we were provided with the information we needed to make an arrest and lay a charge,” said Const. Jeff Carr with the Halifax Regional Police.
He wouldn’t say how the informant was related to the case.
At 3:40 a.m. yesterday, police arrived at a Lakeside residence and arrested a 15-year-old boy. He’s charged with attempted murder, firearms offences and a breach of probation.
Carr said the boy was arrested without incident and they also seized a silver Toyota.
“It’s very close to what was provided in the description,” Carr said. “It could have easily been mistaken for a Civic.”
But the investigation isn’t over.
“There’s information at this point that leads investigators to believe the incident may not have been random, but we still cannot say with absolute certainty. However, that should not be interpreted to imply the boys in the group are involved in the criminal element,” Carr said.