North-end Halifax shooting ‘very, very scary’ for mother, kids

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By Philip Croucher - Metro Halifax

HALIFAX - Tatiana El-Rabahi was playing soccer in the backyard when she heard a large bang a few feet away, and thought a firework had gone off.

A police officer at the scene of Tuesday's shooting in north-end Halifax.


Her mom, Liliane, was in the convenience store across the street from their north-end Halifax home when she heard the sound and realized it was a gunshot.

She screamed at Tatiana to take cover and protect her little sister.

“We don’t know what’s going on for two seconds, but two seconds was like a year because you can’t do anything,” said Liliane El-Rabahi on Tuesday.

Luckily, Tatiana heard her mother and ran inside with her nine-year-old sister before locking the door.

“I just thought ‘whoa, what’s happening,’” Tatiana said.

Just after 11 a.m. Tuesday, police responded to a report of shots being fired in the 3200 block of Isleville Street, just around the corner from the Hydrostone.

A black car was seen leaving the area with a damaged window from gunfire, but no injured people have turned up at a hospital.

Officers were on scene a few hours later and had closed the area off to traffic as they picked up shell casings and other evidence.

“It’s absolutely concerning given the area and the time of day,” said Lauren Leal, spokesperson for Halifax Regional Police.

El-Rabahi said it was “very, very scary” to hear the shots, but this is the first time something like this has happened in the six years they’ve been in the neighbourhood.

Leal said police are working to find out who the intended victim was, and whether the shots were fired at the car or from someone inside it.

The nearby St. Stephen’s Elementary School was also put on lockdown for half an hour as a precaution, Leal said.

Organizations: Halifax Regional Police

Geographic location: Halifax, Isleville Street

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