Halifax Regional Police report that at approximately 6:37 p.m. multiple calls were received of shots fired into a bus at the Halifax Shopping Centre. Officers from Central & West Divisions, as well as K9 and our Emergency Response Team (ERT) members, responded to the scene and once there determined the bus was struck by something but we believed a firearm was not involved. Subsequent searches of the area found seven youth (3 females and 4 males between the ages of 13-17) in the parkade off the Mumford Road entrance. Officers then located two slingshots in the vicinity of the youth. All the youth were arrested and interviewed by members of the General Investigation Section in the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division. As a result of the investigation, two young offender males (16 & 17 yrs) will appear in Halifax Youth Court on Tuesday, February 17. They face a variety of charges, including property damage, possession of weapons dangerous to the public peace, breach of probation and breach of recognizances. The remaining youth were released without charge.
No one was injured on the bus. The mall did close an hour early after speaking with police. This incident appears to have been random and does not appear to be in any way related to the events that have occurred over the last few days.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact police at 902-490-5016. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.