Halifax can mark off its seventh homicide of the year, and its third murder in May alone, now that a young man shot last week in North Preston has died of his injuries.
Halifax RCMP said the 19-year-old died Wednesday night at Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre, a week after he was reportedly shot in the forehead. Police are not releasing the victim’s name until his family members have been notified of his death.
Cpl. Joe Taplin, spokesman for the Mounties, told Metro Halifax late last week the victim ended up in hospital with critical injuries. But he wouldn’t confirm his injuries.
He said an autopsy was supposed to happen Thursday night or Friday, adding investigators are analyzing a firearm and continue to talk to witnesses and persons of interest.
He said officers responded to a 9-1-1 call of “multiple shots being fired” on Clarence Street, off Johnson Road, at 10:45 p.m. last Wednesday. The shooting took place in a residential area, which Taplin said is “very concerning” to police.
It was also the second shooting in the Preston community in a matter of days and one of a slew of violent incidents, including two other homicides, that happened in the Halifax area within about a week.