Nova Scotia

Halifax police stymied in Sunday shooting

Police have hit a wall of silence in a neighbourhood reeling from a series of shootings.

Police have hit a wall of silence in a Halifax neighbourhood reeling from a series of shootings.

A man was shot Sunday afternoon on the 3300 block of Federal Avenue, in the city's west end. It was the fifth shooting in the area since January.

Police said they're doing what they can, but they need people to speak up. They're urging witnesses to come forward.

"The difficulty obviously becomes whether or not people will or will not co-operate with police. It becomes difficult when the people directly involved won't speak with us," said Const. Brian Palmeter, spokesman for Halifax Regional Police.

The shooting happened in broad daylight, close to where children play.

"I'm very concerned," said one man, who didn't want his name used because he fears for his safety.

"I have a family, I have my young daughter, and the person that's involved in this knows about these things, knows that there's a bunch of families around here and still decides to do these actions."

Many other residents were reluctant to speak with CBC News.

Police have no suspects and have yet to speak with the victim, who remains in hospital.

Police said the investigations into three of the five shootings in the area have stalled because nobody would talk or there wasn't enough evidence.