Nfld. & Labrador

Police were at Springdale Street home, but left minutes before shooting

A teenager arrested in connection with a shooting in downtown St. John's is now facing a charge of attempted murder, police say.

16-year-old now also facing charge of attempted murder, RNC confirms Tuesday

Mabel Stanley (left), Harold Noftall and Rebecca Murphy were arrested in February, 2017. (Jeremy Eaton/CBC)

Officers visited a home at 74 Springdale Street in St. John's on Jan. 30, and left shortly before a shooting that led to attempted murder charges, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary confirmed Tuesday.

Const. Geoff Higdon said officers responded following a 911 hang-up call from the residence, and "we were called back a short time later that a male has been shot."

Higdon confirmed that information while announcing that a teenager arrested in connection with incident is now facing a charge of attempted murder.

Police provide new information on the Jan. 30 shooting at a home on Springdale Street.

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RNC announce a teenager arrested in connection with a shooting on Springdale Street has now been charged with attempted murder.

Higdon would not provide any further details of what happened during the RNC's first visit to the house, saying only that the two responses are "tightly connected."

The teen was first charged with careless use of a firearm and unauthorized possession of a firearm — a shotgun.

Police were called to 74 Springdale St., after a 21-year-old was allegedly shot. (CBC)

In addition to attempted murder, he is now also charged with forcible confinement, aggravated assault, pointing a firearm and uttering threats.

The youth appeared in youth court Tuesday morning and will remain in custody until his next appearance Feb. 14.

That now brings to four the number of people charged with attempted murder in connection with the shooting of a 21-year-old man, who remains in hospital in serious condition, police said.

Rebecca Murphy, who turned 19 on Tuesday, Mabel Stanley, 42, and Harold Noftall, 55, all appeared in provincial court Tuesday afternoon.

The three are also all charged with aggravated assault and public mischief for trying to divert suspicion.

Noftall and Stanley are also charged with forcible of confinement. Noftall also faces three other charges: unlawfully possessing a firearm, pointing a firearm, and a breach of probation.

Noftall and Stanley were held in custody and are scheduled to appear in court again Feb. 22. Murphy was also held in custody and is due back in court Wednesday. 

Higdon said the four accused and the injured man lived within close proximity to one another, and the incident was not a random act of violence.

RNC officers outside 74 Springdale St., where a 21-year-old man was allegedly shot. Three adults and one teenager are charged with attempted murder. (CBC)

With files from Glenn Payette