A man was arrested in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and police recovered a rifle on a public bus early on October 23. This all came after multiple 911 calls about a man carrying a large gun in the downtown area of Halifax. Cops in the area have not confirmed that the gunman reports and the arrest are directly related.
Here’s what we know so far:
1. An Arrest Has Been Made
CTV News reports that police had received reports of a man carrying a gun that was wrapped in fabric in the downtown area of Halifax. The man was arrested on Argyle Street just after 11 a.m. local time. No injuries have been reported in the area.
2. A Gun Was Then Found on an Airport-Bound Bus
Police tweeted that a rifle had been recovered on a public bus. News 95.7 Halifax reports that the bus where the gun was found is the 320 that runs between the downtown area and Halifax airport. There are four security cameras on the bus and there were no passengers on the bus when the gun was found.
3. The Area Is on Lockdown
Schools in the area of the arrested have been placed on “hold.” This means that students and staff can move freely within the buildings but nobody is allowed in. Reporter Mayya Assouad tweeted that City Hall is in “semi-lock down” mode.
4. The Suspect Is a White Male
CBC reports that the man is a white male who was wearing a black jacket.
5. Canada Is a County on Edge
This arrest comes as the the whole nation of Canada is on edge. This is after the murder of soldier Patrick Vincent by Martin Coutoure-Rouleau close to Montreal on October 20 and the shooting of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo at Canada’s parliament buildings by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau on October 22.