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Third man charged in connection to Spring Garden Road shooting

Jayree Vontaze Downey of Dartmouth faces a laundry list of charges
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Spring Garden Road (Meghan Groff/

Halifax Regional Police have charged a third man in connection to a shooting that happened near Spring Garden Road last week.

On Aug. 9 at approximately 12:30 a.m., police responded to possible gun shots in the area of Spring Garden Road and Dresden Row.

Two male suspects were arrested a short time later inside Royal Artillery Park. Officers also located a handgun with the help of a Police Service Dog.

That same evening, just after 1:20 a.m., a 27-year-old male victim arrived at the QEII hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

Police have now charged a third suspect, Jayree Vontaze Downey, 18, of Dartmouth. 

He was scheduled to appear in court on Friday to face a laundry list of charges including:

  • Possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose 
  • Carrying a concealed weapon 
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm 
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized 
  • Possession of a firearm knowing the serial number has been tampered 
  • Possession of a loaded firearm 
  • Resisting arrest 
  • Attempted murder
  • Accessory after the fact 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers.


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