February 13, 2018 1:00 pm
Updated: February 13, 2018 5:45 pm

RCMP seek witnesses after stray bullets strike Lower Sackville homes in daylight shooting

WATCH: RCMP are asking witnesses to come forward after a shooting in a Lower Sackville neighbourhood in broad daylight. Four homes were hit by bullets and none of them was the intended target. Steve Silva speaks to one homeowner.


A Lower Sackville, N.S. neighbourhood was rocked by a daylight shooting that left a stray bullet in one person’s couch and another bullet in someone’s closet — neither of whom were the intended target.

READ MORE: Halifax RCMP investigating reports of gunshots in Lower Sackville neighbourhood

Richard Butler’s home was one of four houses on Sunnyvale Crescent that was hit by stray bullets on Monday. He says the shots were so loud, the vibrations shook his house and that the shooting was “rapid fire.”

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“There was a large bang and racket noise and something fell in the closet. And when I came out to the living room to ask my wife what happened, there were seven or eight shots fired right in front of our driveway,” he said.

“This bullet came through the bedroom wall and through the open door to the closet door across the hallway.”

A bullet also went into his car that was parked in the driveway.

RCMP say their officers were called at around 1:45 p.m. on Monday after several residents reported hearing gunshots.

“Those involved had a complete disregard for the safety of the public in this neighbourhood,” said Insp. Kevin O’Blenis in a release from the RCMP.

“Investigators have found a bullet on a living room couch in one home, and in another (home,) a bullet went into the home and was found in a closet.”

RCMP released this map showing the homes that were struck by stray bullets.


Witnesses, including one who spoke to  Global News, said that after the shootings, they saw a black vehicle speed away on Beaver Bank Road and a white Honda CR-V that speed off toward Hillsdale Crescent.

Police say witnesses told them the driver of the CR-V had a handgun and was wearing white gloves and dark clothing. He’s described as white, between 25 and 30 years old, with a thin build. The passenger in his vehicle was a white female in her twenties, wearing a black coat with fur on the hood.

There was a heavy police presence on Sunnyvale Crescent as police investigated the shooting.

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RCMP believe the intended target was in the black vehicle.

According to police, the vehicle left the scene of the shooting and turned right onto Beaver Bank Road, where it did not stop at a stop sign and nearly collided with another car that had been travelling south. Police would like to speak to the people in that vehicle.

RCMP released this surveillance photo of the black vehicle that they believe was the intended target and a possible witness vehicle.


RCMP are also asking anyone else with information to call the General Investigation Section (GIS) of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division at (902) 490-5020.

“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 O’Blenis.

Meanwhile, Butler says the shooting has left him and his wife thankful to be safe.

“It’s unsettling. You lose a little bit of sleep thinking about it, how close you came if you were at the wrong place at the wrong time,” he said.

“We’ve lived here for 32 years and we’ve never seen anything like this in our area.”

With a file from Steve Silva

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