Nova Scotia

Man shot dead in Halifax

A 21-year-old man is dead after a shooting in a Halifax home.

2nd killing on north end street this year

A 21-year-old man was shot to death in his Halifax home Saturday night.

Police received a call about gunfire inside a residence in the city's north end just after 8 p.m. AT.

They found Donald Jermaine Stevenson dead at the scene. It was the second shooting death at Mulgrave Park's Jarvis Lane in three months, and police are treating it as a homicide.

Stevenson was at home with two adult family members when a man wearing a skull mask burst into the home and fatally shot him, said Halifax Regional Police spokeswoman Theresa Rath.

The gunman ran across Duffus Street onto Dartmouth Avenue and got into a silver SUV, which was last seen turning onto Rector Street, she said. 

"It appears the shooter knew where he was going and who he was looking for," said Rath.

Rath said police expected to be on the scene all Sunday afternoon. They kept several blocks cordoned off during the search for evidence.

They were also interviewing Stevenson's relatives.   

Police would not say how many shots were fired or where Stevenson was hit. An autopsy was underway.

No arrests

In July, Ryan White, also 21, was shot dead on the same block. No one has been arrested in that killing.

"Investigators do not believe at this time that they [the killings] are connected, but we are open to all possibilities," Rath said.

Neighbour Amy Redding said she was upset to see police tape near her home again so soon after the last killing.

"We saw a friend of ours … standing on her doorstep crying. We're like, uh-oh, what's going on?" she said. "If something happens to a member of the community, it happens to all of us."

Redding said she was worried for the safety of her two children.

Stevenson is the seventh homicide victim in HRM in 2010.

With files from the Canadian Press