DARTMOUTH – It’s been a violent and deadly start to the Labour Day long weekend in Nova Scotia.
Halifax Regional Police had a large area of Windmill Road in North End Dartmouth taped off around the parking lot of Farrel Hall, after a disturbance between three men turned violent at around 10:30 p.m. on Friday.
“I was pulling in the driveway and I saw two cops with a guy on the ground. For a moment I thought he got hit on a bike, because I seen the bike and the two shoes” says Rodney Tembo, who lives nearby and witnessed the incident. “They were basically asking him what was hurting, what was wrong”
“Once we arrived on scene, we located a male victim, that was unconscious, on the ground, suffering from stab wounds” says Cst. Pierre Bourdages, spokesman for Halifax Regional Police.
The victim, who has since been identified as 28-year-old Daniel Michael Pellerin of Dartmouth, was stabbed multiple times.
He was taken to hospital by EHS, where he was pronounced dead.
Investigators won’t say if a murder weapon was found at the crime scene, or how many times Pellerin was stabbed.
Police are searching for two suspects, seen fleeing from the area following the stabbing.
“We’re looking for two white men, who were wearing dark clothing, that were seen leaving on foot northbound on Windmill Road,” Bourdages said.
Residents are concerned by the violence.
“I have a three-year old daughter and something like that would scare any parent. I didn’t know it was a stabbing. Knowing it was a stabbing now, it’s kind of scary” Tempo said, while helping his toddler in the car.
This was one of three stabbings to happen in the Halifax Regional Municipality within an eight-hour span on Friday.
Around 4:30 pm, a man was stabbed in the 200-block of Wyse Road in Dartmouth.
Investigators say there was an altercation between two groups of people in the area, which resulted with a man in his early thirties being stabbed.
The victim was transported to the Dartmouth General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Police have said the stabbing was not a random act.
Charges are pending against a man for attempt murder, possession of weapons, assault with a weapon, breach of recognizance and breach of probation.
He will appear in court Tuesday in Dartmouth.
Another stabbing happened at around midnight Friday in the Spryfield area of HRM. Police say this also resulted in non-life threatening injuries.
“It is unusual. I don’t think at this time any of them are related but yes, it’s three of them in a very short time,” said Bourdages.
The search for the suspects in the latest homicide in HRM continues. Investigators are asking anyone who may have any information about the murder to contact police or crime stoppers.