UPDATE: Boyle Street residents heard ‘big bang’

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Police investigating shooting

The RNC says a shooting on Boyle Street Monday night took place outside a home and the shooter was not a resident.

Police are not releasing details about what type of gun was used or what the motive may have been.

RNC Media Relations Officer Const. Talia Murphy would not say what part of the 21-year-old man's body was injured by the shot. He remains in hospital with serious injuries.

More information when it becomes available.

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A neighbour of a Boyle Street house involved in an overnight shooting said vehicles were coming and going all the time to the property.

On Monday night, the woman, who did not want to be named, was watching TV when she heard  yelling and then a big bang.

“I heard a girl go ‘Oh my God,” the woman said.

She looked out, but didn’t see anyone around.

Police have not confirmed the Boyle Street address this morning, but the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary  has said it is investigating a shooting outside a home in the west end of St. John's.

According to police, it occurred around 11 p.m. Monday. One person was sent to hospital with what is believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.

The RNC’s K9 services, Forensic identification Section and Criminal Investigation Division were called to the scene.

“There was a lot of traffic going in and out of that house,” the 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.

Tuesday morning the neighbourhood was quiet, except for a police tape cordoning off a section. A police car with a lone officer securing the scene was parked outside the tidy grey bungalow where the incident occurred.

The woman said she and some other neighbours heard arguing on previous occasions and  has wondered if drugs are being sold on the street.

“It was not the first fight,” she said.

After she heard the bang, the woman saw police vehicles and an ambulance arrive. She said a man was taken out on a stretcher.

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 said it’s also a quiet area and they’ve never noticed anything out of the ordinary at the house involved in the incident and have not noticed unusual traffic in the area.

One woman said a resident of the home has previously offered to mow her lawn and both women said the young couple are always polite.

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 gone to bed for the night and did not go to see what was going on.

The woman who heard the bang thought something had been accidently dropped in the unit above her. Then she wondered if someone had struck her car and went outside to see what was happening.

The woman said she was frightened by the incident, but felt relieved with the police presence. She said she was told it was an attempted home invasion.

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 hard 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 this morning it was a shooting, Pennell was shocked.

“Oh my God. I couldn’t believe it,” she said.

The RNC is asking if anyone has any information to offer to contact the RNC or Crime Stoppers.

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The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary is investigating a shooting outside a home in the west end of St. John's Monday night.

According to police, it occurred around 11 p.m. One person was sent to hospital with what is believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.

The RNC's K9 services, Forensic identification Section and Criminal Investigation Division were called to the scene.

This investigation is ongoing and the RNC says further details will be released at a later time.

Also Monday night, two armed robberies were reported in St. John's and Mount Pearl.

At 9:54 p.m., RNC officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at a convenience store in the east end of St. John’s .

A masked person entered the store with a knife and  a quantity of cigarettes were stolen. There were no injuries.

 At 10:30 p.m., RNC officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at a convenience store in Mount Pearl.  

Three masked men reportedly entered the store with a weapon and stole a quantity of cigarettes. There were no injuries .  

The RNC is asking if anyone has any information to offer on any of these crimes to contact the RNC or Crime Stoppers

Organizations: Criminal Investigation Division, Crime Stoppers

Geographic location: St. John's, Mount Pearl

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  • Colleen
    September 10, 2013 - 15:50

    Its shocking this is happening in a neighbourhood full of children. The same day this gunshot incident makes the headlines, so does the murder of Triffie Wadman murder, just 2 streets down . Also the home invasion was in-between the 2 incidents. Too much in a small period of time. As a concerned parent, I believe police patrol in this area needs to be improved.