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N.S. man charged with attempted murder after woman shot at from apartment

A man has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly shooting at a woman from an apartment in Pugwash. Lee Brow / The Canadian Press

A man has been charged with attempted murder and a number of other firearm-related offences after allegedly shooting at a woman from an apartment in Pugwash, N.S.

In a release, the Nova Scotia RCMP said officers responded to a report of a shot being fired at a 24-year-old woman from an apartment above a hardware store on Durham Street in Pugwash around 11:20 a.m. Monday.

It said members of the Cumberland County RCMP, Colchester County RCMP, Northwest RCMP traffic services and police dog services responded to the incident and secured the area.

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A 28-year-old man was taken into custody, transported to the Amherst RCMP detachment and lodged in cells overnight. No one was injured during the incident, the release said.

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“As part of the investigation, police executed a search warrant at the man’s apartment and seized a replica firearm, ammunition and a prohibited weapon,” the release said.

The suspect, Evan Taylor Vandewiel of Pugwash, has been charged with:

  • attempted murder using a firearm;
  • assault with a weapon;
  • intentionally discharging a firearm while being reckless;
  • careless use of a firearm;
  • pointing a firearm;
  • possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose;
  • unauthorized possession of a firearm;
  • possession of a firearm knowing possession is unauthorized.

Vandewiel was scheduled to appear in Amherst Provincial Court on Tuesday.

The incident caused two schools and a hospital in the area to be placed on lockdown, but the lockdowns were lifted after his arrest.

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