26 September 2022

Fake firearm allegedly pointed at shopping centre staff, teen arrested

| Claire Fenwicke
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Gungahlin Village

A fake firearm was allegedly pointed at Gungahlin Village security staff. Photo: Gungahlin Village Facebook.

A 14-year-old has been arrested after allegedly pointing a firearm at a security staffer at Gungahlin Village.

Police received reports two young people had pulled out what appeared to be a firearm and pointed it at one of the shopping centre’s staff on Wednesday (21 September).

Officers reviewed CCTV footage before they went to a home in a nearby suburb, where they arrested a 14-year-old and charged them with possession of a firearm in a public place.

Police later located the firearm at the home of one of the 14-year-old’s friends. This person’s alleged involvement was still under investigation.

The weapon was identified as a gel blaster.

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The 14-year-old was refused watch house bail and transferred to Bimberi Youth Justice Centre.

They’ll appear before the ACT Children’s Court at a later date.

Anyone with further information about the incident has been urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, quoting reference 7222746.

Information could be provided anonymously.

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