Gun scare that forced evacuation of Nanaimo mall caused by replica weapon: RCMP
Nanaimo RCMP say an imitation gun was at the centre of a heavy police response and closure at the city’s Woodgrove Mall on Monday.
According to police, officers were called to the mall around 5:20 p.m. after security reported seeing a youth pull a handgun from his waistband.
Nanaimo RCMP officers, along with the Emergency Response Team and a dog squad, responded and the mall was evacuated and placed on lockdown, police said.
Mounties said they found the suspect at another location, and recovered an imitation firearm.
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He was held overnight, and was scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, police said.
The mall was reopened around 7 p.m., according to police.
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