Attempted robbery and gunfire in same area of Pickering

Durham police are investigating two incidents in Pickering, just minutes apart.

Officers were called to the Pay2Day payday loan centre on Liverpool Road, just across the street from the Pickering Town Centre just before 8:30 p.m. Friday.

They say an armed man went inside the store but didn’t manage to steal any cash.

He had fled the area on foot by the time officers arrived.

No one was hurt in the incident.

Less than an hour later, around 9 p.m., police were called about shots fired in an area close to the south end of Liverpool, at the lake.

No injuries were reported, but officers did find evidence of a shooting nearby.

There’s no info on a suspect as of yet, but police are actively investigating.

Police also have not said whether the two incidents are connected.