Police Search Downtown Halifax for Possible Gunman

Halifax Police are searching the downtown streets after reports of a man seen carrying a rifle on Duke Street. Halifax Regional Police spokesman, Const. Pierre Bourdages, confirmed that a call came in at around 8:30 a.m. reporting about a white man dressed in dark cargo pants and a rifle wrapped in some sort of cloth. Bourdages stressed that although “it has yet to be confirmed,” but “we have a number of officers downtown trying to confirm the report of this sighting.” He clarified that “there’s been no threat, no shots fired or no reports of the man entering any buildings.”

It was confirmed that City Hall has been placed under a lockdown and there is also increased security at the Halifax provincial courthouse and Citadel High School. According to Halifax Regional School Board spokesman, Doug Hadley, the Halifax high school is under a hold and secure, which meaning it’s business as usual inside the building, but people are restricted from coming in or leaving. Hadley explained that “police gave us the advice to place the school in a hold and secure,” and so “there is no known threat to students and staff and we’ll advise of any change as information comes forward to us.”

In addition to that, bourdages have clarified that police response to this morning’s report have been the same even if the Ottawa incident had not happened. A police release stated that “we ask for citizens to follow the directions given to them by police on scene and remain calm.”

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