Shots rang out in broad daylight yesterday afternoon on a busy street in the heart of Halifax.

However, Halifax Regional Police said they hadn’t received reports of any injuries after responding to the 5900 block of Spring Garden Road, near Robie Street at about 2 p.m. They also hadn’t arrested any suspects by yesterday evening.

“Four people (were) seen fleeing the area,” police spokesman Const. Brian Palmeter said, adding investigators don’t know if those people are potential suspects, intended targets or even innocent bystanders.


“We’re asking the parties that may have been targeted to come forward and speak with police,” he said. “We have received a lot of co-operation from witnesses in the area.”

Jason Natale, a shift supervisor at Starbucks said he was walking to work in the sunshine when he saw the shooting.

"I saw basically a guy just lift up his hand and shoot twice at two other guys, and the two other guys who got shot at ran down the alley.

“It’s kind of scary to see, in front of crowds of people,” he told Metro Halifax.

Const. Palmeter said several other witnesses reported that they heard two or three gunshots.

Nicole, a young woman who didn’t want her last name used, was walking her dog across Robie Street when she heard the shots.

“I heard, ‘Pop! Pop!,’ and I was like, ‘that sounds like guns!’ ” she recalled.

Nicole said she then saw a man, who appeared to be about five-foot-six and in his mid-20s, run by, passing her about two feet away. As he ran, she saw him stuffing something she thought might have been a gun into his pocket.

“It’s scary,” Nicole said. “In the middle of the day.”

Police officers taped off the area on the south side of Spring Garden Road yesterday afternoon, searching the ground using dogs and a metal detector.

Const. Palmeter said police are “very concerned” about the public nature of the shooting, adding they don’t want to see an innocent bystander getting caught in any crossfire.

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