Police investigating multiple shootings that occurred in East Preston

The RCMP/HRP Integrated General Investigation Section of the Criminal Investigation Division is investigating multiple shootings that occurred in East Preston.

At approximately 6:55 p.m. yesterday evening, Halifax District RCMP responded to a report of multiple shootings that had occurred in East Preston, with the latest shooting being on Brian St. in East Preston. RCMP members arrived on Brian St. and safely arrested a 21-year-old man. Police believed that two other men, who were possibly armed, had run into a wooded area behind Brian St. RCMP and Halifax Regional Police resources began securing the area so that a search for the men could be conducted.

At 8:15 p.m., the RCMP issued an emergency alert to all residents of the Halifax Regional Municipality to notify them of the situation. The alert asked for all residents in the East Preston area to shelter in place while police continued their work.

The Nova Scotia RCMP Emergency Response Team and RCMP Police Dog Services attended the area to assist with the search of the woods.

At approximately 9:20 p.m., police located a 26-year-old man, who had entered a home without consent, on Cherry Brook Rd. in Cherry Brook. The man was safely arrested by police.

At approximately 11:25 p.m., the emergency alert was cancelled as police no longer believed that there was an immediate risk to the residents in the area. A heavy police presence remained in the area overnight as police continued their investigation. No one was injured during any of the incidents.

During the investigation, police located a stolen vehicle that was believed to have been involved in these incidents. The vehicle was processed by RCMP Forensic Identification Services and will be released to its owner once this process is completed.

Both men that were arrested have since been released without charges and the investigation is continuing.

The investigation is being led by the RCMP/HRP Integrated General Investigation Section of the Criminal Investigation Division. The investigation has been assisted by Halifax District RCMP, the Halifax District RCMP Street Crime Enforcement Unit, Halifax Regional Police, the Nova Scotia RCMP Emergency Response Team, RCMP Police Dog Services and RCMP Forensic Identification Services.

Anyone with information on these incidents is asked to contact the RCMP/HRP Integrated General Investigation Section at 902-490-5020. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submit a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca, or use the P3 Tips App.

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