Youth shot, injured with paintball gun 0
Morden police were kept busy over the July long weekend with patrols both on the roads and on the water at Lake Minnewasta.
One of the more serious incidents occured July 2 when they received a 911 call regarding someone being shot several times with a paintball gun at the Lake Minnewasta boat launch.
Police spoke to a 16 year old boy who showed them several welts on his back. He told police he was at the boat launch with some friends when he heard a couple of individuals had a paintball gun and wanted to shoot him with it.
He was told the gun's power was set very high to increase the power of the paintball's impact. He confronted the two and warned them not to shoot him and that there would be consequences if they did.
As the victim rode away on his bike, one individual began to fire the paintball gun, hitting him in the back. He jumped off his bike and started to run towards his friends when he was then hit several more times in the back at close range.
The shooters only stopped shooting when the youth fell to his knees and started to scream in pain. The victim received several red raised welts on his back, some which broke the skin.
Police are continuing their investigation with charges to follow including assault with a weapon.
Meanwhile, on the July 1 Canada Day holiday, the police service conducted some boating enforcement on the lake. It resulted in several warnings being issued under the Canada Shipping Act.
Police stated they came across many infractions including driving without a boat license and failing to register a boat, to have a spotter on the boat, to have a bailing bucket on board and to have required equipment as well as liquor charges.
Several warnings were also issued in an effort to help educate the public on the rules and regulations when boating.
And on Friday, June 29, leading into the holiday weekend, police also held another MPIC Roadwatch Checkstop.
They stopped and inspected 655 vehicles resulting in the following: two 24 hour license suspensions, two Liquor Control Act charges, one driver and vehicle act charge, seven Highway Traffic Act charges and 18 written warnings.