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Police charge man for shooting incidents

August 31, 2020 

Shawn Raymond Daniel Leroy will appear in Sydney Provincial Court today on a number of charges connected to shooting incidents in north side communities of the CBRM Saturday, August 29th.

Cape Breton Regional Police investigators remanded Leroy to the Cape Breton Correctional Centre Sunday, charged with Attempted Murder, Aggravated Assault, Robbery with a Firearm. Fifteen additional weapons and threat-related charges, as well as 9 Breaches of previous Court-ordered conditions will be presented at Court.  

Leroy was arrested shortly after 6:00 PM Saturday evening in response to reports of shooting incidents in North Sydney and Florence at approximately 4:30 and 4:40 PM and then theft of an ATV in Sydney Mines at approximately 5:00 PM. A number of Cape Breton Regional Police resources – including patrol, emergency response and k9 officers – flooded to the north side area in a search for the suspect and spotted him traveling on an ATV trail adjacent to Hwy 125. Officers followed his path of travel and were able to contain and arrest him near the Alexandra Street roundabout in the Membertou area.  

Both victims were taken by EHS to Cape Breton Regional Hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds; a female has since been released, and a male remains there in critical condition. The suspect and victims were connected to each other, and investigators have determined this was not a random attack.  

Investigation into the full course of events continues and police ask anyone who had interactions with Leroy, observed his actions at any point, or is an additional victim that did not already report details to police, to please contact us at 902-563-5151 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers.  

Cape Breton Regional Police appreciates the tremendous cooperation and assistance from EHS, medical staff at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, and CBRM dispatch operators whose professionalism and coordination throughout the entire incident helped us collectively resolve the situation. We also thank our policing partners at the RCMP for remaining at the ready on standby when we contacted them, as well as for on-the ground assistance managing traffic control.