Police investigate pair of paintball assaults near Carlisle

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CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) – Police are investigating two incidents where people were struck by paintballs fired from passing vehicles.

A Penn Township woman was struck in the back Sunday afternoon while sweeping the front stoop at her home in the 1500 block of Walnut Bottom Road and an 18-year-old Gardners man was hit in the neck Friday night while driving on Ritner Highway in West Pennsboro Township, state police in Carlisle said in news releases.

The 35-year-old woman believed the paintball was shot from a black SUV, possibly a Ford Explorer, that continued west on Walnut Bottom Road.

The man struck on Ritner Highway told troopers the paintball came from a vehicle going in the opposite direction. A description was not available.

“It’s a dangerous situation,” said Trooper Robert Hicks, a state police spokesman. “Some people may see it as harmless fun. However, they can cause injury to people if you hit them in the face or in the eye. Somebody could be seriously hurt.”

Hicks believes the assaults are related since they happened so closely. He said the person responsible would face numerous charges, including harassment, simple assault, disorderly conduct and propulsion of missiles.

At Wanna Play Paintball Park and Pro Shop in Dillsburg, owner Sheldon Danley is upset with these attacks.

“A paintball gun is one of those things if somebody picks it up, the wrong person picks it up and uses it in the wrong manner, obviously someone can get hurt,” Danley said.

A paintball travels 300 feet per second, or 200 miles an hour.

“We’ve been doing it for a long time and we’ve never had anybody injured,” Danley said. “I’m talking tens of thousands of people have come through these gates.”

Anyone with information on the assaults is asked to call state police in Carlisle at 717-249-2121.

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