HALIFAX – Police continue to search for two suspects after an early morning shooting in Dartmouth.
The incident happened at 2:15 a.m. on Monday at Lahey Road near Catherine Street.
Police say a 50-year-old man was walking down Lahey Road when he was approached by two men trying to rob him. During the confrontation, the 50-year-old man was shot in the chest.
He ran up a nearby driveway for help while the two suspects fled the area on foot.
Victoria Butler lives two doors down from where the victim was found and said she heard part of the confrontation.
“I was watching TV and I heard a gunshot. Not even five minutes later, I heard a man yelling ‘help, help, I’ve been shot,'” she said.
“I was shocked. I looked out my window and he was standing near [my neighbour’s] fence trying to get their attention.”
Butler called police and said she saw the victim standing on the back steps of her neighbour’s house.
“I couldn’t see what he was doing but I knew it was serious. He didn’t look like he was well at all,” she said.
The victim was taken to hospital for life-threatening injuries.
Investigators scoured the area during the night looking for evidence and searched nearby neighbourhoods for the two suspects.
Police were seen with cameras and metal detectors and fine-combed the yards, driveways and road near where the shooting occurred. The scene was released by police around 7:30 a.m.
Layne Doucette lives a few doors down from the incident and was visibly shocked when she heard the news.
“I didn’t see or hear a thing,” she said.
Doucette recently moved to the area and said the audacious incident has her second guessing the neighbourhood.
“I’m a little nervous about living here, yes, definitely,” she said.
Halifax Regional Police spokesperson Cst. Pierre Bourdages said it is too early to tell if the incident was random or not.
He confirms the victim was robbed and adds police are treating the incident as an attempted murder.
However, the only description police have of the suspects are that one is a black male while the other is a white male. Both are estimated to be in their early 20s.
Bourdages said the limited descriptions of the suspects can be a challenge for police.
“We try to rely on what is available to us: video surveillance in the area, people who may have been up at that time,” he said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Halifax Regional Police or Crime Stoppers.