A group of boys have been caught allegedly shooting people at random with a paintball gun near Levin.
Police said they received reports at 3.30pm today of three men, travelling in a Toyota Hilux from Otaki Beach to Levin, firing paintballs out of the car window at other vehicles on State Highway 1.
Police received three complaints from people claiming they were shot at.
Police caught up to the vehicle at Bolton Rd and found the gun dismantled and hidden when they searched the car.
Two 14-year-old boys have been referred to youth aid for recklessly discharging an air gun and a 20-year-old Levin man, who was driving the vehicle, has been charged as a party to the offence.
The group admitted to firing on five vehicles, some letterboxes and houses.
The 20-year-old was scheduled to appear in Levin District Court on January 10.
Police said the boys had been "incredibly stupid" and with so many cars on the road during the holiday break it was fortunate they had not caused a fatal crash.