Brandon Chafe, 20, charged after shooting in the Goulds

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Brandon Chafe, 20, appeared in provincial court on Monday. He's facing 10 charges, including aggravated assault. (Darrell Roberts/CBC - image credit)
Brandon Chafe, 20, appeared in provincial court on Monday. He's facing 10 charges, including aggravated assault. (Darrell Roberts/CBC - image credit)
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Darrell Roberts/CBC

A young man is in custody and police say another is in hospital with serious injuries, in the wake of a shooting in the Goulds area of St. John's Sunday evening.

Brandon Chafe, 21, appeared in St. John's provincial court Monday morning, just weeks after being released on bail for firearms trafficking.

Chafe is facing 10 charges related to an incident on Sunday night, including aggravated assault, several firearms offences and breach of a release order.

"Yes," Chafe responded when Judge Lois Skanes asked if he understood the charges against him.

Chafe, who has no criminal record, was arrested on May 29 for firearms trafficking. That offence is related to a string of violent crimes in the St. John's area in early May, said the RNC in a new release on Monday.

"This incident was a targeted attack," the RNC statement said.

Chafe is being held in custody and is next scheduled to appear in court on July 4 through video call.

Chafe is ordered to have no contact with the victim.

Hunt for Chafe ended at Forest Pond

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary say they were called to a fight near the Robert E. Howlett Memorial Drive just before 8 p.m. NT.

Police say a man was taken to hospital with serious injuries consistent with assault and a gunshot wound when they arrived at the crime scene.

Shortly before 9 p.m. the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary tweeted that officers had responded to a weapons offence near Doyle's Road and Robert E. Howlett Memorial Drive and were tracking potential suspects in the Goulds area, including along Back Line.

At 9:17 p.m. the RNC sent another tweet, asking Goulds-area residents to remain inside their homes while officers carried out their search with patrol services, the K-9 unit and the criminal investigation division.

Brody Potter and Bradley Molloy, two children who live in the neighbourhood, told CBC News Monday they were at Peter's Pizza on Main Road on Sunday when they heard sirens.

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Ted Dillon/CBC

"Looked like there were 10 cops zooming down the street by where bingo was last night," Molloy said.

He said they saw a man hop in a dumpster near one of the stores in the area.

"Police had their guns drawn, but he escaped again," he said.

Terry Roberts/CBC
Terry Roberts/CBC

In a news release on Monday, the RNC said Chafe was taken into custody at Forest Pond, near Petty Harbour Road in the Goulds.

Norm Williams, who lives near Forest Pond on Petty Harbour Road, said the police officers were searching near the pond on Sunday evening. He said the officers appeared to have their weapons at the ready.

"I heard after they were looking for someone who jumped in the pond to avoid them, but I don't know if that''s true," said Williams.

Police confirmed that the suspect was found in the pond. Neighbours told CBC News that the man in the pond was yelling that he was naked.

Meanwhile, police said the search for additional potential suspects expanded south of Main Road in the Goulds, which runs the length of the community.

RNC looking for witnesses, video

The RNC said residents can expect to see an increased police presence in the area as officers gather more evidence in the investigation.

Royal Newfoundland Constabulary
Royal Newfoundland Constabulary

Police said investigators are looking for witnesses or video from Bidgood's Plaza from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. and Pipeline Road and Robert E. Howlett Memorial Drive, south of Doyle's Road, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Police are also looking for witnesses or video of a white sedan or a Jeep travelling north on Robert E. Howlett Drive from the crime scene, and of a male wearing grey pants and a black shirt on foot in the area of Goulds between Pipeline Road and Forest Pond.

Anyone with information can contact the RNC or Crime Stoppers.

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