A Kamloops man, who police say was remorseful after shooting at three teen boys with his pellet gun, is not facing any charges at this time, said RCMP Staff Sgt. Grant Learned.
The 29-year-old man shot the trio after discovering them tagging his Poplar Street garage with graffiti on Sunday at about 1 p.m.
“The homeowner just happened to be in his garage practicing with his .177 CO2 pellet gun when he heard the noise outside and went to investigate,” said Learned.
When the man saw what was happening, he shot at the teens, who were about nine metres away.
“Two of the teens yelped and took off running; a third stayed behind,” said Learned.
The remaining teen eventually ran off when the homeowner asked for his name.
The homeowner called police to report what had happened, saying he was distressed about what he had done in reaction.
About three hours later, police were called to Royal Inland Hospital where doctors were treating a 15-year-old boy for a minor pellet wound to his lip.
“The youth had allegedly told the medical staff that he was just walking down the street when the pellet struck him,” Learned added.
Police continue to investigate, but Learned said unless the teen admits to being at the scene of the tagging, there can be no charges against the homeowner and no charges against the teens for the graffiti vandalism.