Paintballs strike cars in New Kensington
Police inspect a car along Carl Avenue in New Kensington believed to be related to paintball guns fired in New Kensington on Thursday, June 20, 2013.
Photo by Erica Dietz | Valley News Dispatch
Reports of shots fired in a couple of New Kensington locations Thursday night were spot-on, sort of.
That's because what was being fired wasn't bullets but paintballs, police said.
Shortly before 10 p.m., police radio transmissions reported shots fired in the city's Hill neighborhood and also in the Westmoreland County housing complex near city hall at Fourth Avenue and 11th Street.
When police investigated they found that some cars had been hit by paintballs on Ridge Avenue and the 1300 block of Leishman Avenue, as well as Peach Court in the housing complex, according to city Detective Sgt. Dino DiGiacobbe.
A car being sought in the incident was pulled over by Lower Burrell and Tarentum police on Tarentum Bridge Road near Carl Avenue.
DiGiacobbe said it was one of a couple of vehicles whose occupants were shooting paintballs at cars. He also said there were reports of individuals on foot who were carrying paintball guns.
There were four young adults in the car and a search of the vehicle yielded a loaded paintball gun, he said.
DiGiacobbe said none of them were immediately arrested but charges are pending against them and possibly some other juveniles who were questioned by police.
He said police would review all the statements they collected before filing charges.
“Right now, the most we are looking at are misdemeanors,” DiGiacobbe said.
Tom Yerace is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4675 or email@example.com.
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