Dartmouth man fatally shot; Halifax Regional Police suspect homicide

A 48-year-old man is dead after a shooting in Dartmouth on Thursday morning that police are treating as a homicide.

48-year-old man was found near John MacNeil Elementary School on Leaman Drive

Police taped off John McNeil Elementary, as well as a block of townhouses on nearby Leaman Drive and Monique Avenue. (Shaina Luck/CBC)

A 48-year-old man is dead after a shooting in Dartmouth on Thursday morning that Nova Scotia police are treating as a homicide.

Halifax Regional Police say a man called just before 3 a.m. to say he had been shot. He was found near John MacNeil Elementary School on Leaman Drive.

Paramedics rushed him to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police are disclosing few details about the victim, except to say he was from Dartmouth. They won't reveal his name until his family has been notified.

Police searching neighbourhood

An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday afternoon and police say they won't officially classify the death as a homicide until the autopsy is conducted.

"We're hoping once the autopsy is completed and next of kin notification is done then we'll have more information," said Wendy Mansfield, a spokesperson for the Halifax Regional Police.

Several teams, including homicide, are investigating. (Shaina Luck/CBC)

An identification unit was at the scene on Thursday and police are canvassing the neighbourhood for information.

Officers spent some time searching the roof of the elementary school, as well as a nearby arena. 

This is the ninth homicide in the Halifax area this year, of which five remain unsolved. Mansfield said this death did not appear to be related to any of the others.

"It's early in the investigation right now but we have no indication that this incident is related to any other homicides," she said.

'Kind of eerie'

Tammy Lahvey lives close to the school and woke up this morning to find many police officers in her front yard.

"It's kind of eerie," she said.

Lahvey says it's a quiet neighbourhood and she didn't hear anything out of the ordinary. She says her dog usually barks or goes to the window if there's something going on, but didn't.

Police are appealing to the public for tips. Anyone with information is asked to call 902-490-5016 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, submitting a tip online or texting TIP 202 and a message to 274637.

With files from Shaina Luck