A group of youths in a car were fired at by a man with an air rifle as they drove away from him.
Police in Braunton, North Devon, are linking the incident to one of arson and both are “concerning.”
The incidents occurred last night in Sandy Lane Car Park.
At around 8.15pm a group of friends were sitting in their cars when they were approached by a man carrying an air rifle with a telescopic sight on it.
The man spoke to the group, who decided to drive away. However, at this point the man fired the air rifle at the back of one of the cars causing a pellet to pierce the vehicles tailgate.
The offender is described as being around 6’, wearing a flat cap, camouflage jacket, camouflage trousers and green Wellington boots.
He was accompanied by two other men who were wearing tracksuits.
They were believed to be using a small black vehicle similar to a Citroen C2.
At around 9.30pm later the same evening, firefighters from Braunton were called to a report of arson at the car parking hut.
They found someone had broken into the hut and started a small fire.
It was later discovered that a black Samsung slider mobile phone had been stolen as had £40 in cash comprising of £1 coins, 10p & 50p pieces.
Sgt Paul Jones, the Braunton and Ilfracombe Neighbourhood Team Leader said “These two incidents are concerning and extremely unusual in what is a quiet and very low crime area.
“There are a number of enquiries being made including forensic examinations.”
Anyone with information should contact police on 101.