Nova Scotia

Wrong home targeted in Dartmouth shooting

The wrong home was the target of a shooting Thursday evening in Dartmouth according to Halifax Regional Police.

It turns out the wrong home was the target of a shooting Thursday evening in Dartmouth according to Halifax Regional Police.

36-year-old Patrick Bevin of Dartmouth faces numerous charges including attempted murder. He was arrested on drug charges last summer.

Officers were called to a house on the 700 block of Waverley Road just after 6:30 p.m.

The home was hit by three shots. One shot went through a basement window while two more were aimed at the front door.

There were several people inside at the time, but no one was hurt.

"I heard the first of what turned out to be a shot. Couple of seconds later I heard two more in close succession and that's when I knew it was gunfire," said Adam Jennex, who lives close by. "I came around to my driveway because I heard a car screeching down the street and saw a blue van going down Waverley Road at a high rate of speed."

A van was seen fleeing the area. It was recovered in the parking lot of a business complex on Waverley Road.

"Officers were responding, however an off-duty officer who happened to be in the area observed a vehicle travelling inbound on the Waverley Road and the vehicle was being operated in a very dangerous manner," said Cst. Brian Palmeter for Halifax Regional Police.

The officer followed the vehicle into the parking lot of a strip mall.

Video from one of the security cameras at the complex showed the van pulling in to the parking lot. When the suspect got out of the van, the off-duty officer was waiting for him and placed him under arrest.

"Once the male driver was taken into custody, the officer then discovered the firearm in the vehicle," said Palmeter.

Bevin faces charges of attempt murder, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, a number of weapons-related offences and two counts of breach of recognizance in connection with the shooting.

He faces additional charges of mischief and breach of recognizance for allegedly damaging an interview room last night after he was arrested.