Halifax Regional Police believe a dispute between two groups led to a report of shots being fired at Highfield Park in Dartmouth late Sunday night.

 

Police say at 10:50 p.m. they responded to the area of Joseph Young after reports of several gunshots being heard. When they arrived, police said no suspects or victims were located.

 

According to information gathered from residents, at least three males were involved in the incident, with one man firing shots along the south side of Joseph Young in front of several residents at an apartment building.

 

“One group approached the other. There was an exchange of words. Then one person from one group pepper-sprayed or bear-sprayed the other group, then a person from that group fired off a couple of shots,” said police spokesman Const. Brian Palmeter. “We believe the shots were in retaliation to being bear-sprayed.”

There have been no reports of any injuries from the incident, and yesterday police were back on the scene looking for evidence of gunfire.

“At this point we don’t know if the shots were fired directly at somebody. If they were fired in the air,” Palmeter said. “It might have been done to scare the people off, because indication is after the shots were fired everybody took off running.”