Police took 3.5 hours to visit an apartment complex after shots were fired. People want to know why


Jordan Tobin woke up from his sleep when he heard a loud bang in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Then he heard another. And another. And about half a dozen more after that.

When the loud bang suddenly gave way to the screeching of tires from a fleeing vehicle, Tobin sprinted from his bedroom to the hall next door.

“There were bullets everywhere. Glass everywhere. Holes everywhere. This is not a scene you want to walk into the lobby of your building,” Tobin said.

He ran to his apartment, grabbed his phone, and called 911 around 2:45 a.m.

“I immediately called the police and described exactly what happened [and] told them it was absolutely urgent that they get here as soon as possible,” Tobin said.

Tobin said no one showed up until 6 a.m., more than 3.5 hours after he made the first call.

Tobin ran into his hall after hearing loud bangs. He discovered that he was riddled with bullets. (Jordan Tobin/Facebook)

const. James Cadigan, spokesman for the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, said police received several calls about “sounds consistent with gunshots” in the area at 2:45 a.m. but only found a car in nearby fire.

“Investigation at this time did not detect any evidence or locate any damage related to these reports. [of gunshots]”Cadigan said.

Cadigan said it was too early to know if the burning car was linked to the shooting, but it was within 300 yards of the apartment complex.

Police finally arrived at the building after 6:20 a.m. when they received a report of “property damage, believed to be gunfire.”

Police remained at the scene of the shooting at this building in Thorburn Road throughout Thursday. (Danny Arsenault/CBC)

That’s not enough for Tobin, who said he gave police his address, told them shots were fired at his apartment building, and waited – surrounded by bullets and broken glass – for more than a month. one o’clock. He doesn’t understand how the RNC didn’t find evidence of a shooting after his initial call. He worries about what might have happened if the shooter had always been in the building.

“It doesn’t make me feel safe. I doubt anyone here feels safe,” Tobin said.

Police are urging anyone with information or video from the area at the time of the shooting to come forward.

“Reckless” shootings are on the rise

Thursday’s shooting was at least the third in a string of gun violence in recent weeks. It comes five days after a shooter in Paradise left a person in hospital and 13 days after gunfire in the Galway neighborhood of St. John’s.

No arrests were made in any of the three cases. Cadigan said they were being investigated as separate incidents at this time, and noted that the most recent shooting was still in the early stages of investigation.

“It would certainly seem like there’s been a trend in gun offenses lately,” Cadigan said. “You can go back to a few months ago when the street crime unit basically detected a gun manufacturing ring. We seized over 120 firearms – illegal firearms – as well than 3D printing devices, so we know these criminal networks are out there and we are working to detect them.”

A Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officer takes pictures of bullet holes at 78 Thorburn Rd. Officers were busy Thursday morning firing bullets at the walls around the lobby of the building. (Danny Arsenault/CBC)

Cadigan said it was evident that these “networks” act out of desperation, leading to bold and reckless acts.

None were more brazen than Thursday’s shooting, which left bullet holes in the lobby walls adjacent to people’s apartments. Tobin said there were four bullets in a wall backing onto an apartment belonging to a woman and her teenage daughter.

Tobin said he felt good about continuing to live in the building, but had a message for the shooter(s).

“Shake your head. Stop being so careless. Stop being so reckless. If you don’t care about your own life, at least think about other people’s lives,” he said. “You’re putting a lot of innocent people at risk. It’s just completely unnecessary.”

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