High school students arrested after using fake gun blocks from Yaletown shooting
A fake gun caused plenty of real problems in Yaletown tonight.
Officers arrested four people after they received reports of screams and a man brandishing a gun in a public area. Police quickly arrived on scene, and the men were challenged at gunpoint.
It happened on a side street next to the Canada Line station, two blocks from where police exchanged gunfire a day earlier with Gerald Battersby.
Battersby, who allegedly shot Reckless Cycles owner Paul Dragan Tuesday morning, was later arrested by police after a shootout near Science World. He was charged today with six counts of attempted murder.
However, Wednesday’s incident looks to be a false alarm. According to Const. Brian Montague, the four were high school students shooting a movie, but likely did not have a permit. Police have notified their parents, but will likely not press criminal charges.
“Not a very smart idea on their part, especially considering yesterday’s attempted murder,” said Montague.
“Apparently common sense is not so common.”
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