HALIFAX -- Police have identified the 25-year-old Dartmouth man who died after he was shot on Saturday in Dartmouth.

Halifax Regional Police have identified the victim as 25-year-old Joseph Beals of Dartmouth.

Police say at 2:10 p.m. on Feb. 20, officers responded to reports of an unconscious driver at the corner of Mount Edward and Cranberry Crescent, where they were able to confirm a shooting had taken place.

According to police, the male driver crashed into a utility pole in the area and sustained what were life-threatening injuries at the time.

On Sunday, police confirmed Beals died of his injuries in hospital.

Police are asking the public for assistance in the investigation, specifically video images from between 2 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. on Feb. 20 in the following areas in Dartmouth:

  • Main Street between Ridgecrest Drive and Lake Major Drive
  • Ridecrest Drive
  • Mount Edward Road

"At this point, it's still the very early stages," said Constable John MacLeod with the Halifax Regional Police. "Our investigators are looking to determine what it was that occurred that night."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Halifax police or Crime Stoppers.


With the recent shooting over the weekend, Halifax Regional Police are now investigating three unsolved homicides that have happened so far in 2021.

On Jan. 27, 20-year-old Quintez Downy was shot and killed in North Preston, N.S.

Less than two weeks later, on Feb. 7, police found 26-year-old Brandon Polegato dead from gunshot wounds in the hallway of a Halifax apartment building.

No charges have been laid in either case.

"What concerns me the most is, not just on this street, it could be any street, good neighbourhood or otherwise," said MacLeod.

The investigations into all three homicides are ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Halifax Regional Police or Crime Stoppers.