Shot fired in liquor store holdup in Palmerston North

Police are searching for people involved in an armed robbery at Liquorland on College St, Palmerston North.
KAROLINE TUCKEY/FAIRFAX NZ

Police are searching for people involved in an armed robbery at Liquorland on College St, Palmerston North.

A man has been arrested after a shot was fired during an  alleged armed robbery at a Palmerston North liquor store.

Police believe as many as six people could have been involved in the holdup at Liquorland on College St, Awapuni, about 3.53pm on Tuesday, a police spokeswoman said.

"We understand a shot was fired, but no-one was injured."

An 18-year-old man has been charged with aggravated robbery and aggravated assault. Another person arrested on Tuesday during the investigation had been released with no charges, a police spokesman said.

A firearm had not been recovered, and police were continuing to search for the others involved in the incident, but it was not yet clear if anything had been taken from the store.

Jill Fletcher was working at the Arohanui Hospice opportunity shop next door when the incident took place.

She didn't hear the shot, but said it was "quite freaky to be right next door".

"I went out and there were just all these packets of [cigarette] papers on the ground that they dropped as they fled."

The shop attendant at Liquorland was a young woman who was at the store by herself, and "looked a bit shocked", but was otherwise OK afterwards, Fletcher said.

The store's owners had arrived soon after police.

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Fletcher was told by two women that the store was robbed by a group of youths, who had run past them down an alleyway.

"They said 'these young kids just robbed the store'; they said they ran past with cash and cigarettes and liquor ... and a BB gun."

Police could not release any more information, but officers were continuing to work at the scene, the spokeswoman said.

Cordons had been established during the search, but were taken down by early evening.

 - Stuff

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