Police investigating shooting at house on Boyle Street
A neighbour of a Boyle Street house where a shooting took place late Monday night said vehicles were coming and going to the property all the time.
© — Photo by Rhonda Hayward/The Telegram
The scene on Boyle Street in the west end of St. John’s Tuesday morning. Late Monday night, a 21-year-old man was shot, and he was still in hospital Tuesday with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
On Monday night, the St. John’s woman, who did not want to be named, was watching TV when she heard yelling and then a loud bang.
“I heard a girl go, ‘Oh my God,’” the woman said.
A 21-year-old man remained in hospital Tuesday with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.
Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) spokeswoman Const. Talia Murphy declined to tell the media where on his body the man was shot or what the motive was. Murphy did say it wasn’t a random shooting.
The RNC’s canine services, forensic identification section and criminal investigation division were called to the west end St. John’s scene around 11 p.m. Monday.
Tuesday morning the neighbourhood was quiet, except for crime scene tape cordoning off a section of the street. A police car with a lone officer securing the scene was parked outside the well-kept grey bungalow where the incident occurred.
“There was a lot of traffic going in and out of that house,” the neighbouring woman said, adding the visitors were young people in their 20s and, as far as she knows, a young couple lived in the upstairs of the home.
The woman said she and some other neighbours heard arguing on previous occasions.
“It was not the first fight,” she said.
She has wondered if drugs are being sold on the street.
After she heard the bang, the woman saw police vehicles and an ambulance arrive. She saw a man being taken out on a stretcher and a young woman going to the hospital with him.
Otherwise, the woman said, it’s a quiet neighbourhood.
“This is the first ever I have seen of trouble,” she said.
Two other women who live close by also said it’s a quiet area and they’ve never noticed anything out of the ordinary at the house where the incident occurred, and have not noticed unusual traffic in the area.
One woman said the young man has previously offered to help out by mowing her lawn, and both women said the young couple are always polite and friendly.
One of the women heard the bang. The other did not, but saw more than a half dozen police cars descend on the home. She said she and her husband had retired for the night and she did not go out to see what was going on, as she found it stressful.
The woman who heard the bang thought something heavy was dropped or fell in the unit above her. Then she wondered if someone had struck her car, and she went outside to see what was happening. She said she was told by one officer it was an attempted home invasion.
But Murphy told reporters later Tuesday it’s not believed anyone tried to force their way into the house.
The woman said she was frightened by the incident, but felt relieved with the police presence.
Many people have lived in the neighbourhood for decades.
Tara Pennell lives on an adjacent street and said she heard the bang, but didn’t see anything. Even though it was a different sound than she’s ever heard before, she wondered at first if a car backfired.
“It is a very quiet neighbourhood,” Pennell said. “You hardly hear a party.”
When she heard Tuesday morning it was a shooting, Pennell was shocked.
“Oh my God. I couldn’t believe it,” she said.
The RNC also asked for help from the public. Anyone who has information about the incident can contact the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).