It certainly looked real. And sounded real, too. Luckily, there was no real cause for alarm.
The South Simcoe Police Service got the call shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday of two men carrying guns and putting on masks and body armour in the area of Shore Acres Drive and 20th Sideroad in Innisfil. The caller reported hearing multiple gunshots and a loud scream shortly after.
Police rushed to the scene and took two suspects into custody without incident. Officers then determined both men were playing paintball in a field nearby. Police found several paintball guns, a replica plastic hunting knife, body armour, and other paintball accessories to back up their claim.
Still, a 17-year-old Innisfil man and a 24-year-old from Mississauga were charged under the Trespass to Property Act.
“Seeing weapons in public is a scary experience for citizens who don’t know the weapons are fake,” reads a statement from the Police Service. “When police receive a call regarding weapons in public, we have to treat the incident as if it’s a real gun until we confirm otherwise. Please be safe and keep your paintball activity at a paintball facility.”