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IMPD warns that paintball gun shooting is considered criminal and makes arrest in related case

Posted at 10:58 PM, Apr 30, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS — Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department issued a warning to residents on Tuesday that the activity of firing off paintball guns could be dangerous and should be considered criminal.

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In addition, Prosecutor Curry announced that charges had been filed for a paintball incident that involved the shooting of a 60-year-old Indianapolis man.

In this case, the suspect has been charged with Battery by Means of a Deadly Weapon, a Level 5 Felony, for allegedly shooting the 60-year-old man in the face and neck, at close proximity, with paintballs while he was walking in the 3500 Block of Graceland Avenue on April 24. According to police, the victim has suffered significant injuries.

The suspect in this case was sought after when he was located with a paintball gun during a second investigation of paintballs being shot at houses and vehicles near North Capitol Avenue and West 34th Street.

A Status of Counsel Hearing for the suspect is scheduled for Wednesday, May 15 in Criminal Court 6.

IMPD has been investigating numerous charges filed for the shooting of paintball guns on Indianapolis streets. The community's rising concerns come as several homes and vehicles have been vandalized due to the firing of paintball guns, as well as individuals suffering injuries.

Just last week, a car full of teenagers pulled up to a McDonald's off of 38th Street and fired off their paintball guns at the establishment's walls.