Updated: Man shot during robbery attempt in Dartmouth, suffers life-threatening injuries

Published on July 14, 2014

A photo of 50 Lahey Rd. in Dartmouth where a man was found with a gunshot wound.

©Desiree Finhert - METRO HALIFAX


Police say it’s too early to determine whether an early morning shooting in a Dartmouth neighbourhood was a random act.

Halifax Regional Police were called to the Albro Lake area around 2:15 a.m. July 14 when a gun shot was fired.

Police said a 50-year-old Dartmouth man was walking on Lahey Road when two men came up to him and demanded his stuff.

They struggled, and then one of the assailants shot the victim in the chest.

The victim ran up the driveway at 50 Lahey Rd. calling for help as the two suspects ran away. The victim was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

“It’s not something we’re seeing every day,” Const. Peirre Bourdages told Metro. “Unfortunately some people are carrying weapons.”

Police said they have been unable to speak to the victim, so they have few details about what happened and the suspects’ description. They are only described as one Caucasian man and one Black man.

Bourdages said it’s too early to say whether this is a random act, or whether the people involved knew each other.

“It’s still under investigation,” said Bourdages. “We still have to canvas the area, and we have no description of the suspects.”

Police stayed on the scene until 7:30 a.m..

“That’s very sad,” said Manny Sparks as he fixed his daughter’s car in her driveway just a few feet from where the victim was shot. “That’s not right at all.”

Sparks hails from Pinecrest Drive but said he’s lived in Dartmouth most of his life.

He said the robbery-turned-shooting doesn’t bother him.

“Probably the person who got shot wasn’t living in the area,” he said. “It would never happen to people who live in the area. I think this neighbourhood is pretty safe.”

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers.