UPDATED July 31/12
A North Preston man is HRM’s latest homicide victim after a shooting on Downey Road Sunday evening.
Police confirmed Monday night that the victim was 23-year old Narico Downey of North Preston. Autopsy results indicate he died of a single gunshot wound.
Halifax District RCMP responded to a 911 call just before 9 p.m. on Sunday. While en route to Downey Road, police were told Downey was traveling to hospital in another vehicle. That vehicle was stopped on Lake Major Road, and EHS transported Downey to the QEII Health Sciences Centre. He later died of his injuries.
It is the 40th shooting and the ninth homicide in the municipality this year, according to Halifax Regional Police.
RCMP spokeswoman Const. Tammy Lobb said the investigation is in its early stages, and could not provide more information as of press time Monday.
“At this point it’s too early to speculate, but police would not leave out any possibility for any motive,” said Lobb. “That would all be part and parcel of the overall investigation the members are doing.”
Police did not have a suspect Monday night, and Lobb could not say what type of firearm was used in the killing.
According to Public Prosecution Services, Downey was scheduled to appear in Halifax provincial court this September for trial on charges of assault, theft under $5,000, mischief and two counts of failure to comply with conditions.
In November 2011, he pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact in a 2009 abduction and robbery at a bowling alley at a Cole Harbour bowling alley. He received an 18 month conditional sentence for his role in that crime. — Metro News