N.S. justice minister requests meeting with police following string of shootings
Nova Scotia Justice Minister Diana Whalen is requesting a meeting with members of Halifax Regional Police after three men were shot to death in the city in a span of six days.
"They are working around the clock on this investigation, all three homicides, and I think we can rest-assured of that,” said Whalen. “But I'd like to know what they're doing, and what else … they need."
Officers spent much of Monday combing an area in North Preston following the shooting death of 20-year-old Daverico Downey early Saturday morning.
On April 19, officers responded to the 2000 block of Gottingen Street before 11 p.m. after receiving reports of shots fired in the area.
When they arrived, officers found two men inside a vehicle. Twenty-three-year-old Naricho Clayton was pronounced dead at the scene. Police have ruled his death a homicide.
Another man, 31-year-old Ricardo Whynder, suffered life-threatening injuries.
Former Halifax Rainmen star Tyler Richards was shot and killed inside a home on Cook Avenue on April 17. No arrests have been made in his death.
A tribute has been created in his memory in Mulgrave Park, where Richards spent much of his life.
Elaine Williams, chair of the Mulgrave Park Tenants Association, says Richards was considered a hero to many.
“When he came here, he respected the kids, he respected the family, and he gave the kids positive things,” said Williams.
Police have hinted there may be a connection between Richards’ murder and at least one other.
“With regard to the first two homicides from last week, we are looking at the investigative possibility that there's a connection between the two,” said Chief JeanMichel Blais of Halifax Regional Police. “With regards to the most recent one, we have nothing so far that leads us to believe that there is a connection with the first two."
Williams says the community will continue to consider Richards a hero and not a victim.
“Sometimes, people make bad choices in life. But you know what? He was an awesome guy,” said Williams.
With files from CTV Atlantic’s Bruce Frisko.