RNC says shooting in St. John’s not believed to be a random act

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No details being released on possible motives

The RNC says a man wounded after being shot at Wednesday night is not believed to be a random act.

RNC patrol car

The RNC, however, says it will not be providing any details on possible motives at this stage of the investigation.

The RNC’s Major Crime Unit is continuing to investigate.

About 11 p.m. Wednesday, the RNC responded to the Health Sciences Centre in St. John’s to the report of a weapons offence.

A man received non-life threatening injuries as a result a shooting incident. It is believed the vehicle the man had been driving sustained damage as a result of multiple gunshots.

The type of firearm involved will be determined though the course of the investigation.

The RNC Criminal Investigation Division is continuing to investigate and is asking anyone who has any information in relation to this incident to contact the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can provide information anonymously on the NL Crime Stoppers website at www.nlcrimestoppers.com.


(Earlier story)

Man reports being shot at in St. John's

RNC investigating firearms thefts, not certain if incidents are connected

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary is investigating a report from a man who showed up at an emergency room Wednesday night in St. John's and said he had been shot at. The RNC is also looking into the theft of four firearms from a parked vehicle in the city.

The RNC says it has no information, however, to connect the two incidents.

Around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, the RNC was called to the Health Sciences Centre after a report from Memorial University's campus enforcement that a man in his early 30s drove to emergency, reporting that he was assaulted and shot at.

On arrival, the RNC members noted a vehicle outside the emergency area with what appeared to be damage from gunshot blasts.

The man was treated and later released.

The investigation is in its preliminary stages and police say further information will be released as it becomes available.

According to police, a vehicle at Don Cherry's Restaurant on Freshwater Road was also broken into Wednesday and four firearms stolen — a black Maverick Pump Action 12 gauge,  a wooden Stevens Pump Action 12 gauge, a wooden Gamester Modified Choke 12 gauge, and a 22-calibre Bolt Action Synthetic Stock.

The RNC said there was no ammunition stolen with the firearms and all were in locked boxes.

Police investigators are asking anyone with information about these incidents to contact the RNC or Crime Stoppers.

This article has been updated

Organizations: Health Sciences Centre, Crime Stoppers

Geographic location: St. John's, Freshwater Road

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