She says she’s been told by police two bullets are lodged beneath her apartment window but a young Dartmouth woman hasn’t been out to investigate since Monday’s deadly shooting.
“I just don’t want to get in the way of the police’s investigation,” she said, declining to reveal her identity. “But I’ve heard gunshots before; it’s Pinecrest, it goes without saying,” she added with a nervous laugh.
The woman was home in her brick apartment complex on 65 Pinecrest Dr. when 24-year-old Raymond Floyd Peters of Dartmouth was shot and killed in her next-door neighbour’s backyard after police say a fight broke out between a group of males just before 6 p.m..
The backyard property of her apartment complex remained part of the crime scene and from her window a police forensic team could be seen combing the area bordering Primrose Street and Pinecrest Drive early Tuesday afternoon.
Police described the shooter as a black male in his 20s and about five foot eight. He was said to be wearing a navy blue hoodie and black pants and escaped in a small white car.
Peters was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries from the shooting and died in hospital on Tuesday afternoon.
The woman said a family occupied the house where the crime occurred. She said she’s friends with the family and was shocked the crime took place on their property.
She spoke to Metro prior to it being known that Peters had died.
The woman said the area in which she lives is closely monitored by police, with some all-night surveillance areas.
She also said she has no plans to move.
“It’s unfortunate but you find me a safer and cheaper place to move and I’ll move.”
After being shot, police say Peters ran to a home on nearby Jackson Road, which is where police found him.
“He was in critical care when he arrived at hospital and he never regained consciousness,” said Halifax Regional Police spokesman Const. Pierre Bourdages.
Peter’s death is the first homicide in HRM this year.
Though it comes just over a week into the new year, Bourdages wouldn’t say whether it’s a sign of things to come.
“It’s a tragedy, someone lost their life,” said Bourdages. “One is too many. We don’t want to make any predictions and it would be farfetched to make any big predictions based on one homicide.”
An autopsy will performed Wednesday. — Metro Halifax