Dawe had AK-47, body armour: police

Daniel MacEachern
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Owner of clinic where shooting took place says he’s overwhelmed with support from the community

RNC say the man who gunned down two people before shooting himself this week had a semi-automatic weapon, a handgun and prohibited ammunition clips, and was wearing body armour.

A section of Villa Nova Plaza  parking lot in Manuels was closed to the public after a double shooting occurred at the plaza Tuesday evening.

In a news release Friday afternoon, police say that when Brian Dawe, who killed his former girlfriend, Julianne Hibbs, and Vince Dillion in Manuels Tuesday night, was found in a vehicle in the Anglican cemetery on Kenmount Road Wednesday morning, he was wearing the armour, and had a 9mm handgun, an AK-47 semi-automatic assault rifle and hundreds of rounds of ammunitions in clips that carried more ammunition than legally allowed. The police statement says Dawe was “in lawful possession” of the firearms.

The RNC’s media relations divison says the investigation continues, and that an additional 43 weapons were seized from Dawe’s house, including one prohibited weapon, seven restricted weapons, 12 non-restricted weapons and 25 air rifles.

RNC media relations officer Const. Talia Murphy declined an interview.

“At this time we are only providing written releases on this information,” Murphy said in an email.

Asked via email for clarification on how someone can legally have an AK-47, a prohibited weapon in Canada — and if the RNC knew how many legally owned AK-47s are in its jurisdiction — Murphy did not respond by press time.

Clinic staff coping

Meanwhile, the doctor who owns the clinic in Villa Nova Plaza where the shooting took place said his employees were coping in the aftermath of the tragedy.

“Everybody’s doing well,” said Dr. Eslier Aguilar. “Shaken … but basically everybody’s doing OK.”

Aguilar said he was overwhelmed with the support of patients and community residents he’s heard from in the past few days.

“We have had incredible support — hundreds of phone calls from people asking if we’re OK and how we’re doing, and offering help,” he said.

The doctor said he hadn’t been back to the office since the shooting, as police had it closed until Thursday night, and a cleaning crew was working at the office Friday.

“There’s a crew working there now and I don’t want to disturb them in any way, so Monday we’ll be back to looking after our patients.”


Twitter: @TelegramDaniel

Geographic location: Kenmount Road, Canada, Villa Nova Plaza

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  • Zon
    October 21, 2013 - 14:56

    You can own a SEMI AUTOMATIC version of the ak 47 in Canada, Up here in Canada we have the Vz-58 and CZ 858-2 Tactical they are widely available.. It is the the fully auto that is prohibited.. Was it really an ak47 or did it just look like one? Check your facts, news people!

  • Reader
    October 21, 2013 - 11:57

    the AK-47 wasn't prohibited probably because (as you published) it was a SEMI-automatic. the action had been modified by a gunsmith to remove the [fully] automatic capability. Automatic weapons are prohibited, semi-automatic weapons are available for porchase with a PAL be it a shotgun or a rifle. This is part of the reason they mention clips with prohibited capacity. assault rifles typically use clips (magazines) that hold 30+ rounds but canadian laws limit that to 5 rounds for most rifles (i think). but you can buy legal 10 round magazines for certain smaller caliber rifles like .22 cal.

  • Tim Jamison
    October 20, 2013 - 15:48

    AK-47s are not prohibited, you can order semi-auto AK-47s (which is what he had), from Coastal Marine for 900 dollars. How's about doing a little reseach next time? Go in to Coastal, visit Rick, and ask about it; instead of just consulting your resident gun know-it-nothing. Good job, "reporters". To answer your other question, there are thousands of semi-auto 7.62mm x 39mm rifles in this province. Again, pop in to Coastal and ask about it. You modern journalists are incredibly lazy. Try getting in the van and interviewing someone other than your spoon-feeding information Mother, Talia. And finally, the implication that you can stop shootings by removing legal firearms is ludicrous. Please refer to the illegal one found in Kenmount Terrace and to the self-taught manufacturer of Gander, Jason Loder. You liberals make me sick. Make sure you censor this comment quickly before I derail your fascist double speak plans. "Reporters". More like the liberal announcement squad

  • Gary
    October 20, 2013 - 09:20

    There are always a lot of questions surrounding violent crime. NL has the highest rate of family violence in the country, inadequate care for mental health problems, and the lowest level of gun violence in the country (even though we have one of the highest levels of gun ownership). There are a lot of aspects to explore here.

  • Renee Coles
    October 19, 2013 - 19:26

    Do you think you could use a middle name! In Chamberlains there is a road called Dawes Road, so how many Brain Dawe's do you think are in the area? Such irresponsible reporting. All the other Brian's are scrambling to clear their name. Shame on you.

  • Robert
    October 19, 2013 - 09:42

    Asked via email for clarification on how someone can legally have an AK-47, a prohibited weapon in Canada — and if the RNC knew how many legally owned AK-47s are in its jurisdiction — Murphy did not respond by press time. A very good question that needs to be answered by the minister responsible not a RNC Constable! We could easily have hundreds of people dead or dying today and the silence is deafening! Nobody in Canada needs an AK47 to shoot rabbits; that it was legal to own is simply not acceptable!