30 September 2019

Shots fired during attempted armed robbery in Charnwood

| Lachlan Roberts
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Detective Acting Station Sergeant Mark Rowswell said police do not believe there are any links to other crimes. Photo: Region Media.

Police are investigating an attempted aggravated robbery at a takeaway shop in Charnwood last night after shots were fired during a scuffle between staff and two men.

Around 8:25 pm, two male offenders armed with a firearm and a machete entered Regal Charcoal Chicken in Charnwood, demanding money and threatening staff.

A short scuffle ensued, during which the firearm was discharged twice inside the shop. The two men fled the scene empty-handed.

Detective Acting Station Sergeant Mark Rowswell said staff and customers were in the store at the time of the attempted robbery. He said no one was hurt by the incident but they were “very shaken” and were receiving support.

“In relation to robberies, we ask that people do comply with the directions that are given to make sure that they are safe and people aren’t hurt or injured or killed,” he said.

“These are extremely serious circumstances and incidents. Any use of a firearm in that sort of situation is life-threatening, so we are calling for witnesses to come forward so we can try to get these guns off the street.”

ACT Policing has established a crime scene and AFP Forensics have examined the scene.

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or who has information that could assist police is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website.

Please quote reference 6443841. Information can be provided anonymously.

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