N.S. man shot during Nuit Blanche identified
Police have identified the 25-year-old man who was killed during the Nuit Blanche festivities as Jefflin Beals of Dartmouth, N.S.
The fatal shooting happened just outside Trinity-Bellwoods Park, where scores of people were enjoying art installations set up for the all-night festival.
Police arrived in the area just after 3 a.m. Sunday to find Beals shot twice in the chest and lying between two houses on Crawford Street, a quiet residential strip near the park. The young victim, who had been found unconscious, was later pronounced dead at St. Michael's Hospital.
"We do know that there were obviously people in the park area that night," said Det. Sgt. Wayne Banks, who continues to appeal for witnesses to come forward.
Police also cordoned off an empty, bullet-riddled car.
"This vehicle had obvious signs of being shot, and officers began a thorough canvass of the area," said Banks.
Some area residents say they slept through the shooting.
"If there was a sound we probably wouldn't have heard it," said Jonathan Huth, who lives down the street and was home at the time of the attack.
Police wouldn't say if the car they found belonged to the shooter or the victim, or comment on what impact the shooting might have on the popular all-night festival.
A man by the same name, of the same age and from the same hometown was mentioned two years ago in the Halifax Herald as the intended victim of a different shooting.
Jefflin Beals of Dartmouth, N.S., was described as a 23-year-old with a checkered past — a former all-star basketball player at Dartmouth High School who also had three convictions for drug possession, two for breaching release conditions and one for causing a disturbance by fighting.
It is unclear if both Beals are one and the same.