Gel blaster and air soft drive by shootings are actually a criminal offence

Campbell River

2024-05-15 09:43 PDT

File # 2024-4857

In recent weeks reports have been made to the RCMP regarding teenagers in vehicles shooting water gel blasters or air soft guns at pedestrians in the community of Campbell River.

While it may seem like a harmless prank to some; or all in good fun, it is a criminal offence. The driver of the vehicle and the shooter of the blaster or air soft gun could both be considered committing Assault with a Weapon.

Air soft pistol

(Recently recovered air soft pistol)

Campbell River RCMP have responded to individuals who have been struck in the face and neck. In one instance, only a pair of sunglasses prevented the victim from being hit in the eye.

Cst. Maury Tyre explained, Realistically, the young people carrying out these shootings think they are just having a bit of fun. However, there is a very real chance of injury even with the water pellets or plastic bb pellets that these guns shoot. Simply put, if it can hurt you, even in a minor fashion, its just not okay, and the police will address it accordingly.

As well as sanctions under the Criminal Code, the driver of the vehicle could also face sanctions under the Motor Vehicle Act for various driving offences which could end up triggering a licence suspension for many N drivers.

The Campbell River RCMP are asking that anyone with information regarding these recent offences contact the local detachment at 250-286-6221.

Released by

Cst. Maury Tyre
Media Relations Officer
Campbell River RCMP
275 South Dogwood Street, Campbell River, BC V9W 8C8
Office: 250-286-6221
Cell: 250-895-1468
Fax: 250-286-3983


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