FREDERICTON — Police say they have arrested a 13-year-old boy after a weapons call forced the evacuation of Regent Mall in Fredericton on Saturday afternoon.
The accused, who cannot be identified due to provisions in the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was released and will make a court appearance in September on a charge of pointing a firearm.
Fredericton police said today the weapon was a replica firearm — an air-powered BB gun — but noted in a statement the Criminal Code doesn't make a distinction between an authentic and a replica firearm.
The incident on Saturday afternoon triggered a significant police deployment, with Fredericton police and New Brunswick RCMP responding to a call for a firearm.
Some mall patrons had to shelter in place while police conducted a sweep.
Police said their investigation pointed to an altercation between two groups of youths and say the suspect had left before police arrived.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 6, 2021.
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