Two men are facing charges including attempted murder in relation to an afternoon shooting in west-end Halifax on Tuesday afternoon.
Halifax Regional Police say the men – aged 25 and 28 – were arrested on Owen Drive in Dartmouth around midnight, almost 11 hours after a 23-year-old man was apparently shot in the face inside the Bayers Park Apartments at 6969 Bayers Rd.
HRP spokesman Const. Brian Palmeter said yesterday the victim still isn’t co-operating with police, but they were able to make the arrests based on evidence found at the scene.
“Through the course of the investigation, we were able to retrieve evidence to allow for the suspects to be identified,” Palmeter said. “I can’t get into specifics about it, but basically it was solely on the efforts of the officers involved.”
Police were called to the nearby Petro Canada on Bayers Road at 1:32 p.m. Tuesday after the victim went inside the store and told staff he had been shot.
Police believe the actual shooting took place minutes earlier at the apartment complex behind the gas station at 6969 Bayers Rd.
Palmeter said the victim suffered an “apparent single gunshot wound” in a common area inside the multi-level complex.
Palmeter would only say the victim’s injuries were non-life threatening.
But Fairview resident Brian Clark told Metro outside the Petro Canada Tuesday as he was walking up Bayers Road to the Halifax Shopping Centre, he saw a man with a cut on his face walking in the opposite direction towards the gas station.
“When I looked at him I thought it was just a cut on the side of his face. He must have gotten winged or something (by the bullet),” Clark said, adding blood was coming down his shirt.
Palmeter said the victim is known to them. Both of the arrested men were scheduled to appear in Halifax provincial court later today.
“The victim is not co-operating so at this point we don’t know (the motive) behind it,” Palmeter said.