A 12-year-old boy is facing some serious charges after police say he shot at a vehicle in a driveway in Cole Harbour Wednesday.

The RCMP said they responded to a report of an assault at a home on Circassion Drive around 4:30 p.m.

At the scene, the police found a teen sitting in a car, and they were told that a second youth was in the house.

The RCMP said a boy in the house leaned out the window with what looked like a handgun. The boy started shooting at the passenger vehicle, and according to police, the shots broke the windshield.

The police called in back up, and not long after, the boy left the house. The police seized two guns in the home – a long barrel pellet gun and a BB gun pistol.

The 12-year-old now faces charges including assault with a weapon and dangerous use of a firearm. Police said other charges are also being considered.

Replica guns on the rise

RCMP Cpl. Scott MacRae said the situation could have had a very different ending.

"If you're carrying something that looks like a real gun, it's going to be treated like a real gun by police and you can have serious consequences," he said.

"They have to react. They could shoot the person. A fatality could occur."

MacRae said the police are seeing an alarming number of fake weapons on the streets. He said some young people are carrying them because they think they're cool, or they want them for intimidation purposes.

"It's a serious matter, we gotta get that message out. These things have to be off our streets."