Nova Scotia

Tyler Keizer of Halifax ID'd as Gottingen Street shooting victim

Halifax Regional Police say 22-year-old Tyler Keizer of Halifax has died after being shot in a parked SUV at the corner of Gottingen and Falkland streets shortly before 11 p.m. Monday night.

Police say 22 year old's death is Halifax's 12th homicide in 2016

Police say 22-year-old Tyler Keizer is the 12th homicide victim in the Halifax region this year. (Myles Healey)

Police say 22-year-old Tyler Keizer of Halifax was the man who died after being shot in a parked SUV in north-end Halifax shortly before 11 p.m. Monday night.  

Halifax Regional Police say several calls came in around 10:47 p.m. reporting shots fired in the area of Gottingen and Falkland streets.

Police say they found Keizer in critical condition and he later died of his injuries in hospital.

Tyler Ronald Joseph Keizer, 22, was shot inside a parked SUV Monday night on Gottingen Street. (Elizabeth McMillan/CBC)

Suspect fled on foot

Staff Sgt. Bill Morris said officers arrived "within seconds" and started pursuing a suspect, who they believed fled on foot up Falkland Street and may have left in a vehicle.

The driver's side door window and windshield of a black SUV were punctured with bullet holes and remained in the corner known as "Squiggle Park."

There were visible gunshot holes in the glass of the black SUV where the victim was found in critical condition. (Elizabeth McMillan/CBC)

Early Tuesday morning, Morris said it is too soon to say whether last night's killing is connected to any of the other recent shootings in the Halifax area.

"We can't put anything together right now until the detectives start putting together who the victim is, who we believe the suspects are, they're not going to link anything together," said Morris. "That'll probably come from detectives in the next day or so."

Police blocked off Gottingen Street from Cornwallis to Cogswell streets overnight. Morris said because of the direction police believed the suspect went, businesses in the area were not evacuated. 

Gunshots, screaming

Janna Conrad, who lives in a building at the corner of Falkland and Gottingen, said she heard about four gunshots. 

"We heard a woman screaming," she said. "It's crazy that there's another [shooting death] happening in Halifax.... It is a little unnerving to think about.... It's really sad."

The crime scene is just a block away from police headquarters. 

Tuesday morning, a section of Falkland between Bauer to Gottingen remained closed as investigators combed the area. 

'It's too much'

The shooting death was on Amber Jackson's mind as she dropped off her first grader at school. 

"I'm worried my son might get in the way or something, I'm worried about his safety," she said. "It's just too much."

Jackson lives in Uniacke Square across from where Terrence Izzard, 58, was shot the night of Nov. 14, a week ago to the day of the latest shooting. She said she's now planning to move out of the area. 

"I don't even feel safe letting my kid outside to play. I just don't feel comfortable," she said. 

Police say they are unsure whether Izzard was the intended target.

Keizer's death is the 12th homicide in Halifax in 2016 and the third fatal shooting in the municipality in the past nine days.

On Nov. 12, 21-year-old Shakur Jefferies was shot and killed on Washmill Lake Drive in Fairview. Another 21-year-old, Carvel Clayton, is charged with second-degree murder in his death.

With files from Paul Palmeter and Melissa Oakley