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Residents of St. John’s street on edge after gunshots

‘What a fright we got’


Published on May 17, 2017

Two plain-clothed officers from the RNC’s criminal investigation division (CID) knock on the door at 63 Watson St. on Wednesday afternoon as part of their investigation into an alleged shooting at the residence overnight. They didn’t receive an answer at the residence.

©Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

All seemed fairly quiet on Watson Street Wednesday afternoon, but it wasn’t so peaceful the night before.

Just before midnight, many residents on the east-end street of St. John’s were awakened to the sound of gunshots and then the blaring of police sirens as RNC officers swarmed the street.

Evidence of the shooting can be seen in the form of a large hole in the steel eave of the house at No. 63.

“Well, what a fright we got,” one neighbour told The Telegram. “We were in bed when we heard a bang. My wife jumped. Then there was another bang.

“When we looked out we couldn’t see anything.”

But it was too close for comfort for the man, who lives nearby. He said the incident has the whole neighbourhood on edge.

“It’s all about the drugs,” the man said. “Drug dealers are coming and going here all day and night.

“But all these houses look alike, so you never know when you’ll be the next one hit.”

He has lived in his house for six years, but Tuesday night’s incident is making him think about selling.

He said he wasn’t home at the time of the shooting, but when he tried to drive onto his street shortly afterward, he was stopped by police officers, who had the street cordoned off.

“It’s ridiculous what’s going on. They should be taken out of here,” the man said, referring to the drug dealers. “I’m here 41 years and it’s getting worse.”

Two plain-clothed RNC officers arrived on the street Wednesday afternoon and knocked on the door at No. 63. When they didn’t get an answer, they went to neighbouring homes to continue questioning residents.

“They better soon find out what’s going on here,” another neighbour said,  “because you soon won’t be able to feel safe in your own home.”

There have been no arrests. Anyone with information is asked to contact the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS and online at www.nlcrimestoppers.com.

 

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