Palo Alto police are searching for suspects who they say shot several people with a paintball gun on Tuesday night.
Police say one victim, a man in his 70s, was shot in the hip on Newell Road, and others reported similar shootings on Melville Avenue around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 5.
The man who was struck by a paintball near the intersection of Newell and Dana Avenue said he and his wife were walking on Newell when a person inside a light-colored car fired 12 to 14 green paintballs at them, striking him in the hip. The man's wife was not struck, police said.
Two other people reported being hit with paintballs from a moving car in the 700 block of Melville. The first victim, a woman in her 40s, was walking her dog and crossing the street toward Parkinson Avenue when she was hit in the hand, arm and chest by several green paintballs, police said. Her dog was not struck.
The second victim, also a woman in her 40s, was walking with her husband when her hand was struck by a green paintball. The woman's husband was not struck, police said.
The women described the vehicle as a gold-colored sedan with a rounded body type that looked to be about 15 years old. The person firing the gun was likely a passenger on the right side of the car, police said. The women said they heard a male voice yelling from the car as it passed.
Paintballs are projectiles that travel at a high velocity and can cause serious injury to people depending on where they are struck, police said. Charges in paintball-assault cases range from misdemeanor vandalism (when property is struck) and misdemeanor battery (when a person is struck, without serious injury) to felony assault with a deadly weapon (when a person is struck and seriously injured), police said.
Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.