By Rachel Ward
Police are looking for a teenage boy suspected of firing a gun on Monday at Citadel High School and subsequently charged with two counts of attempted murder.
The accused is sixteen-year-old Morgan Patrick Harrington.
Police say Monday’s shooting could be connected to another pair of shootings this week, both of which happened on Romans Avenue in the west end of the city.
Shortly after midnight Thursday, two shots were fired at a house. Two people were inside at the time, but no one was injured. Const. Brian Palmeter, spokesperson for the Halifax Regional Police, said either of them could have been the target, but also that the house could have been hit by mistake. Neighbours who called 911 said they heard a vehicle pulling away after the shots were fired.
At approximately 1 a.m. Sunday, a 16-year-old boy was shot in the shoulder while walking with another boy, 17. The boy who was shot is expected to recover, but police say neither one of the boys is cooperating in the investigation.
An on-going dispute over territory or drugs could be behind the three incidents, said Palmeter, noting that police “don’t always get a motive for a crime.”
The two shell casings found on the sidewalk of Ahern Avenue behind the high school indicate a handgun was used.
“We’re able to trace the majority of guns to a local break and enter,” said Palmeter. Police say houses are robbed specifically for guns, since handguns are prohibited and hard to get.
Eight weapon charges along with the two attempted murder charges are included in Harrington’s arrest warrant. Harrington is a minor but his name and photo have been released for a limited time by a judge to help in his arrest.
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Harrington’s identity was released because of the severity of the incident, said Palmeter. The shots were fired on school grounds shortly after classes ended for the day.
“He may be targeting a rival person,” said Palmeter, “and the danger is that a member of the public may get caught up.”
The most recent Statistics Canada research shows that less than one per cent of all school ground crimes include a firearm.
Harrington was not a student at Citadel High School. The minor’s name and photo will be protected again after five days or as soon as he is arrested, said Palmeter.
“People know we’re looking for him,” said Palmeter. “Eventually, we’ll catch up to him or he’ll turn himself in. A person can really only run for so long. It’s in their best interest to turn themselves in.”