Nova Scotia

Two more charged in Hatcher shooting

The police in Halifax have charged two more people in the killing of a 20-year-old man in Spryfield last December.

Halifax Regional Police have charged two more people in the killing of a 20-year-old man in Spryfield last December.

A 17-year-old male who cannot be named and Cody Alexander Muise, 21, will be in Halifax provincial court Wednesday afternoon to face charges of first-degree murder.

Brandon Lewis Hatcher, 20, was shot dead on Dec. 3. Officers found him when they were called to Lavender Walk, off Greystone Drive, just after 8:30 p.m.

His death came only hours after another man was shot nearby in Cowie Hill, but that man escaped serious injuries.

Police are linking both shootings to the on-going war between rival drug families, the Melvins and Marriotts.

Halifax Police Superintendent Stephen Sykes said the turf war between the rival gangs has made Halifax streets unsafe. He said charges in the case are a blow to both gangs.

"We think we've made a dent in what they are doing. They are running drugs and they are running guns and this is obviously a gun war that is going on. Earlier that evening there was a shooting and there was one two or three weeks prior to this that we can link to this," said Sykes on Wednesday.

Police conceed the two groups are not the only ones shooting guns in the Halifax area.

Investigators do not believe a shooting earlier this week outside Citadel High is connected to the gang war and RCMP Inspector Ken Goodine said the two shooting attacks on long-time criminal Allen Morris in the past three weeks are also unrelated.

"There's intelligence out there around that particular event and series of events that at this particular stage of the game we don't have any reason to say they are directly linked to what we are here talking about today but again it is example of other activities that are going on out there that we are aware of andf that we are taking steps to stay on top of."

 Police said people came forward to help investigators find their suspects in the Hatcher killing. They said that kind of co-operation is the best way to get the guns and criminals off the streets.

Muise and the youth were questioned last week about Hatcher's death. They were already in custody on other matters.

An 18-year-old man was charged with first-degree murder last week in relation to Hatcher's death. He cannot be named because he was 17 at the time Hatcher died.

The police said Wednesday that they anticipate more charges will be laid.