A man and a woman facing charges on a number of weapons-related offences may have been involved in a recent rash of shootings in the city’s north end, Halifax Regional Police said yesterday.
Police said the two 20-year-olds, both from Halifax, were arrested Sunday after they allegedly abandoned a stolen Hyundai Sonata, in which a subsequent search by police officers turned up a loaded .32 calibre handgun in the glove box. The incident took place June 13 as patrol officers conducted a traffic stop on Black Street and Fuller Terrace in Halifax around 8 p.m.
“We are not going to say these two people are definitely linked (to recent shootings), but certainly the efforts that we put forth in addressing those specific incidents have helped to lead to these charges,” said police spokesman Const. Brian Palmeter.
There were three shooting incidents in the north end of Halifax from June 13 to 16, and another in Fairview June 17. No one was hurt in any of the incidents and no arrests have been made.
Police have said the gunfire in the area was connected, and is believed to be part of a battle between two feuding groups. Police are also looking at a possible link between these shootings, and an incident June 12 when two men entered a house on May Street and used pepper spray inside the house.
Shots were later fired at the same house June 16, as well as at High and Leed streets just before 7 p.m. June 13 and on Macara Street on June 15.
Tanasha Sampson and Thabang Tshabalalaa were both scheduled to appear in Halifax provincial court yesterday to face weapons charges, in addition to charges of taking a motor vehicle without consent.
Palmeter said officers arrested Sampson at a residence on May Street. He said Tshabalalaa, who is also facing charges for breaching court orders, was taken into custody on Hartlen Avenue.