June 11, 2014 10:59 pm
Updated: June 11, 2014 11:50 pm

High school students arrested after using fake gun blocks from Yaletown shooting

A police takedown next to the Yaletown Canada Line station Wednesday evening ended up being a false alarm.

Ken Pool

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.

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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.

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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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