Hartford neighborhood tired of drive-by paintball shootings


Police say paintball shootings in vandalism ramps up during Halloween. But in one Hartford neighborhood it’s continuing, and people are tired of it.

“These kids are going by, there shooting people with paintballs, there shooting elderly people with paintballs.”

Chris has a hole in his taillight. Yellow paint is still inside from a paintball attack that happened last week. He shows us more pictures and video from his surveillance system, people in his neighborhood wielding paintball guns over their head, shooting up, building and cars and people and animals

“My family was shot at by paintballs. My daughter was hit in the back of the head. I was hit in the side of that year, and the arm. My wife was hit in the side of the neck.”

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Chris doesn’t want to show his identity, but he wants to let everyone know whats going on. He says whether it’s broad daylight or nighttime, they drive around in cars or minivans and shoot people from open windows as they go by. Police have made one arrest, and are looking for more.

“He didn’t even run from what the officer told me. So the police have been doing surveillance, yes, basically, and I’m glad that they are doing that now. I just left that street and there was an undercover on marked car there, with four officers in the car.”

Lt. Paul Cicero is with the Hartford Police Department. He says they take these paintball calls very seriously. 

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“Serious injuries. They can be very dangerous, and it happens in the city often.”

The ultimate danger, if someone pulls out a paintball gun and starts shooting, someone else might shoot back with a real gun. Police are encouraging parents to talk to their kids about using paintball guns responsibly.

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