Paintball shooting alarms motorist

Several times a year, Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP receive reports of individuals using paintball guns in an inappropriate manner.

Several times a year, Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP receive reports of individuals using paintball guns in an inappropriate manner.

July 28 was one of those times.

During the Thursday morning commute, a Lavington motorist reported having her vehicle hit by paintballs on Highway 6 in the area between the two gas stations.

“The caller was very upset and concerned, and feels that drivers could panic when their vehicle is hit by paintballs, especially in a moving vehicle,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

Police say there is a time and place for people to use paintball guns, but shooting at moving vehicles on a highway isn’t one of them.

“There are times when an individual could be using these (guns) in an inappropriate manner that could lead to a criminal charge, such as mischief, wilful damage, damage to property or cause an accident,” said Molendyk.

“An individual may think, ‘Ha-ha, this is a joke,’ but it could lead to some serious charges. Use your head and use the paintball guns appropriately.”

The suspect in the Lavington incident has not been found.