HALIFAX - Police say they don’t know what led to an argument between two men in Clayton Park early Monday morning that resulted in gunshots and one of the men stealing the other’s car.
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Police are looking for a stolen car after a 53-year-old man was shot at Monday morning outside the Quality Inn in Clayton Park.
Halifax Regional Police responded to a report of shots being fired in the parking lot of the Quality Inn on Parkland Drive around 5:50 a.m.
A 53-year-old man had gotten into an argument with another man he knew, police said. The 20-year-old suspect allegedly assaulted the man and fired several shots, but none hit him.
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“It is worrying,” said police spokesman Const. Pierre Bourdages. “It happened … a couple days before Christmas in a mainly residential area.”
Police say the younger man took the victim’s yellow Pontiac Aztek, and drove away.
The victim went to the Quality Inn and called police. Bourdages said neither were guests at the hotel.
Bourdages said he doesn’t know how the men knew each other or why the fight started.
On Monday night, police say they arrested the 20-year-old man following a chase with the RCMP in Sackville.
Police say officers located the victim’s vehicle around 9:10 p.m. and tried to pull over the driver. He wouldn’t stop however and it led to chase through Sackville which ended in a three-car crash. Both the yellow Pontiac Aztek and a RCMP cruiser were amongst the damaged vehicles.
No one was injured and the suspect was arrested at the scene. He’s due in court Tuesday to face charges stemming from the shooting and the pursuit with police.
According to HRP, there have been 51 gun incidents as of mid-December in HRM, down from 61 to the same point last year.
- by Haley Ryan - Metro Halifax; with files from Philip Croucher