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Drive-by paintball shootings injure pedestrians

Palo Alto police looking for suspects

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 paloalto@tipnow.org or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.

Comments

17 people like this
Posted by parent
a resident of Downtown North
on May 6, 2015 at 2:54 pm

Any perp with half a brain would know how dangerous this is. I hope the cops catch them soon and they get serious prison time for multiple counts of violent assault.


18 people like this
Posted by Ralphie Parker
a resident of another community
on May 6, 2015 at 2:54 pm

I wanted one of those, but my mom said I'd shoot my eye out.


2 people like this
Posted by Joe
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 6, 2015 at 3:12 pm

> serious prison time for multiple counts of violent assault.

That seems a bit harsh. From googling a little, youths in other towns have been caught and charged with misdemeanors up to felonies. would be interesting for the Palo Alto authorities to explain what they would do if those involved were caught today.


20 people like this
Posted by Concerned Dad
a resident of another community
on May 6, 2015 at 4:48 pm

That seems a bit harsh??? Are you kidding me?

I think you would change your tune real fast if one of those paint balls take out your eye sight


36 people like this
Posted by Slow Down
a resident of Community Center
on May 6, 2015 at 5:02 pm

Slow Down is a registered user.

There was a case about 10 years ago where some kids drove around shooting people with paint ball guns while filming, and got got caught by the police. They ended up being sentenced to prison for 4 years. So if your kids have a paintball gun, you might remind them about the consequences, and to be a decent human being. The video shows them causing cyclists to wreck, shooting homeless people, shooting people in the face while laughing. It is pretty upsetting. ANyone minimizing this kind of stuff is being foolish.

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7 people like this
Posted by Joe
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 6, 2015 at 5:52 pm

> I think you would change your tune real fast if one of those
> paint balls take out your eye sight

No one's eye sight has been put out.

Please get a grip, and read what was written before going postal.


24 people like this
Posted by Concerned Dad
a resident of another community
on May 6, 2015 at 6:06 pm

"No one's eye sight has been put out. "

Unbelievable! Your comment indicates either you are naive or just plain ignorant regarding high projectile balls and where it may end up. So should we just wait for an accident to occur?


26 people like this
Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 6, 2015 at 7:35 pm

I was hit by paint ball while walking in a SoCal town - hit hurt like a you-know-what and left a pretty good bruise. It's assault with intent to harm and/or cause pain, speaking from personal experience.


6 people like this
Posted by Sparty
a resident of another community
on May 6, 2015 at 10:09 pm

Sparty is a registered user.

>No one's eye sight has been put out.

Ah see, finally some reason. Now feel free to fire off that AK47 on July 4, just make sure no one gets hit.


40 people like this
Posted by More than a Bruise
a resident of Downtown North
on May 6, 2015 at 11:10 pm

My nephew was hit by a paintball in the face three years ago. It left far more than a bruise: it fractured his cheekbone and eye socket. He had to have extensive and delicate surgery to repair the fracture and save his eye.

The surgeon told my brother that if the paintball had hit ONE MILLIMETER higher or further to the left, the impact would have killed him. My nephew was 17 at the time, and this, too was a random attack in an expensive neighborhood (Los Gatos).


8 people like this
Posted by Sigh
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 6, 2015 at 11:21 pm

Sadly, because of this irresponsible behavior, I sense new laws requiring registration of paint guns coming.

What an irresponsible and sad society we are breeding.


9 people like this
Posted by Nora Charles
a resident of Stanford
on May 7, 2015 at 3:57 pm

The stupidity and callousness of some is incomprehensible. I hope these criminals are caught and charged with a serious crime. I wonder if any cameras caught any of the attacks?


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Posted by Que Pasa
a resident of College Terrace
on May 10, 2015 at 10:53 am

Anyone know if the prankster has been apprehended yet.??


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