Nova Scotia

Suspect in Toronto homicide headed for Halifax

Police are warning that a man suspected of killing another man during the Nuit Blanche festivities in Toronto may be headed for Halifax.

Police are warning that a man suspected of killing another man during the Nuit Blanche festivities in Toronto may be headed for Halifax.

Darnell St. Clair Wright, 22, is wanted for first-degree murder in the death of Jefflin Beals, 25, of Dartmouth, N.S.

In the early morning hours of Oct. 2, Beals was found unconscious between two houses on Crawford Street in Toronto with gunshot wounds to his chest.

He was rushed to St. Michael's Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Wright — who also goes by the name Darnell Grant — is described as brown, five feet 10 inches tall and weighing 180 pounds. He has black hair and may have facial hair.

Toronto police said they consider Wright armed and dangerous and are warning people not to approach him.

"Mr. Wright is well-known to the policing agencies across Canada. He has a significant criminal record of violence and firearms," said Det. Wayne Banks, with the Toronto Police Service Homicide Squad.

"It is our belief that there may be some retaliation either by Mr. Wright or members of the opposing gang in Halifax."

Police believe Wright may be heading to the Halifax area driving a 2012 four-door, grey, Hyundai Sonata with Ontario licence plate BMDZ 171.

Beals, who was visiting Toronto at the time of his death, was known to police in his home province and was also the intended victim of a failed drive-by shooting in Dartmouth two years ago.

Although the investigation is in its early stages, Banks said the motive for the Oct. 2 shooting may have been retaliation for a previous incident in Halifax.

"We're working closely with the RCMP and the Halifax Regional Police service where we're trying to firm up what might have happened in Halifax and whether or not that was the motive," he said Friday.

"We are positive that Mr. Beals was the target of this murder and was sought out by Mr. Wright when he was killed."

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