A stabbing over the weekend continued the “blip” of violence from last week.
In the last two weeks there were three shootings in HRM — including a murder — and a stabbing. Then early Saturday morning, a 41-year-old man was stabbed at Terry’s Place bar on Sackville Drive.
It appears an off-duty doorman noticed two men who were in the bar earlier lurking in the parking lot. He asked them to leave and that’s when the two men started swinging. The victim was stabbed in the forehead and the back. He was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The suspects ran off.
Mayor Peter Kelly, who launched his roundtable on violence in 2006, responded to last week’s shootings: Terry Marriott Jr., 34, was shot and killed Feb. 20, and a 27-year-old man shot in the arm during a home invasion two days later. A 22-year-old victim, identified by people at the scene as Ryan Jessop, was shot in the chest Feb. 24.
Then Feb. 25, a 15-year-old boy was stabbed in the chest in Armdale.
“It’s a bit of a blip and we know these irresponsible individuals who feel the need to go out and shoot and stab have their own agenda. They have to understand it is not the agenda of the general public and they don’t want this to be going on in their communities,” Kelly said.
“We’ll deal with them to the full extent of the law with all the resources available.”
He said he also has hope for new legislation tabled in Parliament last week that would make gang killings first-degree murders with an automatic life sentence.
“Hopefully they can be utilized not only out west, but here and elsewhere in the country,” Kelly said.