Kelowna family in hot water following unusual gunplay

A Kelowna mother is in hot water following her decision to drive around the city while her children fired rounds from their pellet guns.

The toy-gun toting brood was caught on Geen Road in Rutland, just before 2:30 p.m., after a complainant reported the children pointed their barrels at his vehicle and pulled the triggers, said Sgt. Anne Morrison.

"Members located and stopped the (grey Ford Explorer) and determined that  five children aged 11 to 16, all passengers, were shooting pellets randomly outside the vehicle and over the roof," said Morrison.

"The mother admits that she was aware of the activity and thought they were just shooting at road signs."

While police seized the three pellet guns and the ammunition, upon catching up with the family, they didn't take the episode lightly.

"The investigators noted the realistic look to the guns and said that from a distance, they looked very real," she said.

While there were no injuries, police aren't taking the outpouring of ammunition lightly as the carelessness of the mother and the children could have had dire consequences.

"Operating a motor vehicle during perfect conditions can be risky...but distracting a driver of a vehicle in this manner could be tragic," Morrison said.

Police continue to investigate and will be following up with the B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development.


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