Girl, 13, arrested after gunfire in Kimmirut

Volunteers help track down suspect who fled on foot


A young woman is in custody after a shooting near the RCMP residence in Kimmirut Oct. 15.

Police arrested a 13-year old girl near Qaqqalik School in the centre of town after an incident in which she is she alleged to have fired a gun outside the RCMP residence in the hamlet.

Sgt. Jimmy Akavak said the girl went up to the door of the RCMP residence, but did not fire at the officer who answered the door or at the house itself. She then fled on foot.

Nobody was hurt during the incident, Akavak said.

“Upon getting the attention of the member… she picked up a rifle and fired it,” Akavak said. “We’re not sure what she was up to.” He added police aren’t yet sure where the girl got the rifle.

RCMP and hamlet bylaw officers, along with some community volunteers, went looking for the girl. They found her near the school in the centre of town, unarmed, where she gave herself up without incident, Akavak said.

Akavak also said charges were to be laid in Iqaluit Friday afternoon. The girl was scheduled to appear in youth court in Iqaluit on Oct. 19.

(More to follow)

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