Charlotte NC June 28 2018
Security officers in at least nine states have been targeted in recent months by armed persons firing at them.
But instead of bullets flying, the ammunition used has been paintballs.
Security officers in Texas, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Connecticut, Mississippi and North Carolina have reported that as they were on duty in their vehicles, walking patrols and in one case assisting an injured person involved in a bicycle accident, they became the targets of drive-by paintball attacks.
One security officer in Ohio sustained injuries to his face and an eye while a security officer in South Carolina received multiple injuries on her back and arms.
Detroit police arrested six persons in April including s a 22-year-old man accused of spraying a police commander’s unmarked car during a battle involving about 50 people.
The so-called “paintballs up, guns down” wars have also popped up in Atlanta and Greensboro, North Carolina, with organizers touting them as a way to halt gun violence.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg North Carolina Police have also arrested and charged three teenagers with multiple counts of assault and battery after several paintball attacks across Charlotte over in May.
Atlanta police also arrested four people last month after responding to an incident regarding paintball guns being fired throughout the city
Officers seized nine paintball guns, about 7,500 paintballs, 20 paintball gun air tanks and one firearm.
Officers also impounded three cars after finding paintball guns inside them.