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Gunfire rings out in Lower Sackville neighbourhood, homes, vehicle hit

Halifax RCMP were called to Sunnyvale Crescent at 1:45 p.m. Monday.

At least a dozen police cars were on a usually quiet residential street in Lower Sackville much of Monday afternoon following a report of gun shots. By 5:30 p.m. only one police cruiser remained on Sunnyvale Crescent, and it left before 6 p.m.

Staff / Metro Halifax

At least a dozen police cars were on a usually quiet residential street in Lower Sackville much of Monday afternoon following a report of gun shots. By 5:30 p.m. only one police cruiser remained on Sunnyvale Crescent, and it left before 6 p.m.

Police are calling for the public’s help on a daytime shooting in a Sackville neighbourhood, one involving “complete disregard for the safety of the public.”

Halifax RCMP said in a release Tuesday that they were called to Sunnyvale Crescent in Lower Sackville at 1:45 p.m. on Monday after several calls from residents who heard gunshots.

"I want to assure residents our members are actively working this investigation in the hope of identifying the persons responsible for this shooting. We need anyone to come forward who may have seen anything out of the ordinary leading up to the shooting or after it occurred" said Insp. Kevin O'Blenis, Integrated Criminal Division, in the strongly-worded statement.

The area where the incident happened.

Contributed/RCMP

The area where the incident happened.

“Those involved had a complete disregard for the safety of the public in this neighbourhood. Investigators have found a bullet on a living room couch in one home, and in another a bullet went into the home and was found in a closet."

Four homes on the street were hit by bullets, but police say no injuries were reported.

The target of the shooting, police said, was the driver of a small black car seen speeding away from the scene at 1:44 p.m. The driver of the car ran a stop sign turning right onto Beaver Bank Road, almost hitting another black car.

Police said the shooter was seen on foot and then spotted getting into a white Honda CR-V which raced towards Hillsdale Crescent.

The driver of the CR-V was described as a white man, 25 to 30 years old, with a thin build.

Police are hoping to speak with the owner of the vehicle on the left as part of their investigation.

Contributed/RCMP

Police are hoping to speak with the owner of the vehicle on the left as part of their investigation.

“Witnesses indicated he had a handgun and was wearing white gloves,” the RCMP release said.

The passenger of the CR-V is described as a white woman in her twenties who was wearing a black coat with fur around the hood.

Police said many witnesses have come forward, but they are hoping for more. They also want to speak with the driver of the black car that was almost hit on Beaver Bank Road.

Witness reports say at least a dozen police vehicles were on the scene as well as multiple police dogs.

Police shut down Sunnyvale Crescent on Monday for a short time in order to ensure the public’s safety and allow for an investigation by the canine unit in hopes of finding the weapon, said an RCMP spokesperson.

Metro has learned that people were inside at least one of the homes hit on Monday. A vehicle was also hit with gunfire. - with files from Metro Staff

Bullet locations by house:

Outside siding
Outside siding
Tore through the wall and landed in the closet + car
Couch

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