The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) location at Downsview Mall in Lower Sackville was forced to close Thursday night, following a robbery.
RCMP say a suspect, who was wearing a mask, entered the store at around 6 p.m. and attempted to steal liquor. An altercation broke out between him, a store employee and a customer.
The suspect mentioned he had a firearm, but RCMP say there was no firearm in his possession.
The store employee and the customer detained the suspect until police arrived.
The suspect and the customer suffered minor injuries but did not need to go to hospital.
The 16-year-old suspect is being charged with robbery, wearing a mask while committing an indictable offence and assault with a weapon.
Two other youths were also arrested outside the store. A 13-year-old from Lower Sackville is being charged with robbery, assault with a weapon and uttering threats. The third youth was released without charges.
The two charged were remanded and will appear in Halifax Youth Court Friday morning.
NSLC spokesperson Beverley Ware confirmed that the location closed for the evening due to “an incident in the beverage alcohol section of the store.”
Ware did not provide details on the incident, but multiple witnesses told Global News that an attempted robbery occurred.
The NSLC location in Lower Sackville also sells cannabis, but Ware said that section of the store was not involved in this incident.
The NSLC added that all employees are safe.
— With a file from Alexa MacLean