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Another attempted murder charge in Springdale Street shooting

Paramedics, firefighters and members of the RNC surround a person taken from a house on Springdale Street in St. John's. One man was taken to hospital with a gunshot wound and two people were arrested..
Paramedics, firefighters and members of the RNC surround a person taken from a house on Springdale Street in St. John's. One man was taken to hospital with a gunshot wound and two people were arrested..

A teenager charged last week with firearm offenses in connection with a shooting in Springdale Street in St. John's Jan. 30 had five more serious charges added to the list Tuesday morning, included attempted murder.

The 16-year-old is the fourth person charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault after a 21-year-old man was shot last week.

The teen, who cannot be named due to his age, appeared in court this morning. He was originally charged with careless use of a firearm — a shotgun — and unauthorized possession of the gun.

The three others — 18-year-old Rebecca Murphy, 42-year-old Mabel Stanley and 55-year-old Harold Noftall appeared by video in court in Corner Brook Monday afternoon, since courts in St. John’s were closed because of the weather. They are set to be brought before the judge in St. John’s Tuesday afternoon.

In addition to the common charges, Murphy, Stanley and Noftall have been charged with public mischief for trying to divert suspicion. Noftall is also facing charges of unlawfully possessing a firearm, pointing a firearm, and breaches of court orders.

Another man, 48, was also charged last week with breaches of court orders in relation to the incident.

During a media briefing early this afternoon, RNC Const. Geoff Higdon wouldn’t say what police believe went on in the Springdale Street house the day of the shooting, but confirmed police had responded to a 911 hang-up call from the home shortly before a second call came in, reporting a man had been shot. The victim and everyone charged live in the same area, he said.

“We can’t provide too much information as the matter is before the courts and it is still under investigation,” he said. “We do believe they were all known to each other so this certainly wasn’t a random act of violence.”

The teen will remain in custody until his next court appearance on Feb. 14

 

tbradbury@thetelegram.com

Twitter: @tara_bradbury

 

The 16-year-old is the fourth person charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault after a 21-year-old man was shot last week.

The teen, who cannot be named due to his age, appeared in court this morning. He was originally charged with careless use of a firearm — a shotgun — and unauthorized possession of the gun.

The three others — 18-year-old Rebecca Murphy, 42-year-old Mabel Stanley and 55-year-old Harold Noftall appeared by video in court in Corner Brook Monday afternoon, since courts in St. John’s were closed because of the weather. They are set to be brought before the judge in St. John’s Tuesday afternoon.

In addition to the common charges, Murphy, Stanley and Noftall have been charged with public mischief for trying to divert suspicion. Noftall is also facing charges of unlawfully possessing a firearm, pointing a firearm, and breaches of court orders.

Another man, 48, was also charged last week with breaches of court orders in relation to the incident.

During a media briefing early this afternoon, RNC Const. Geoff Higdon wouldn’t say what police believe went on in the Springdale Street house the day of the shooting, but confirmed police had responded to a 911 hang-up call from the home shortly before a second call came in, reporting a man had been shot. The victim and everyone charged live in the same area, he said.

“We can’t provide too much information as the matter is before the courts and it is still under investigation,” he said. “We do believe they were all known to each other so this certainly wasn’t a random act of violence.”

The teen will remain in custody until his next court appearance on Feb. 14

 

tbradbury@thetelegram.com

Twitter: @tara_bradbury

 

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