Nova Scotia

Halifax police search home for shooting suspect

Halifax Regional Police were searching a home in Halifax's north end late Monday night, after a tense standoff that lasted several hours.

Shots fired near Halifax's Citadel High School

Halifax Regional Police were searching a home in Halifax's north end late Monday night after a tense standoff that lasted several hours.

Police went to the home in Uniacke Square looking for a person believed to be responsible for firing shots near Citadel High School in Halifax about 3:15 p.m. Monday, Halifax police spokesman Const. Brian Palmeter said.

A woman was arrested in connection with the shooting, he said.

No one was injured in the shooting.

The shots were fired on the sidewalk on Ahern Avenue, beside the school — which is also bounded by Trollope Street and Bell Road.

Citadel High School has about 1,287 students. It is located just below the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site.

Palmeter said the call to the school came in to police around 3:15 p.m. from someone who heard shots being fired.

"Upon arrival, officers discovered shell casings supporting the fact that we do believe that shots were fired," he said. "We do not have any reports of injuries at this time, nor do we believe the shots were fired at the school."

Shells found on road

The shells were found on the road and by the sidewalk, Palmeter said.

There were reports of a number of people fleeing the scene, he said, but police didn't know if they were involved in the shooting or if they were just running to safety because they heard shots.

"Obviously, there's a great concern when this incident happens anywhere, but so close to a school where kids are going is even more concerning to us," he said.

Palmeter said the canine unit was called in.

"At this point, we don't know if the incident involved the school at all. We don't know if the people involved attended the school or had any involvement with the school. That will be the focus of our investigation," he said.

"We'll be speaking to staff to see if they have any information that might help us with our investigation."

Palmeter said officers will review security tape from the school to try and find out who was involved in the shooting.

Halifax Regional School Board spokesman Doug Hadley said someone was hanging around the school just before the incident.

"There were reports just prior to dismissal of a person hanging around near the back entrance of the building that wasn't a student. There was some type of confrontation, they believe, with the person at the end of the day with someone who was quite possibly a student," he said.

Not connected to school

"They were probably waiting for someone to come out. There were some shots fired and then people fled."

Hadley said he doesn't believe the incident is connected to the school.

"We believe it's connected to something that's taking place in the greater community. And, unfortunately, a school is a place where if you know someone is in school, you know where you can find them usually between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.," he said.

Hadley said the school will be open Tuesday under the watchful eye of the police.

"The plan right now is for school to be open in the morning and I'm sure we'll work closely with police and there will probably be a police presence here tomorrow," he said.