DETROIT – Stepped up police enforcement is planned this weekend in Detroit to quell a social media-publicized citywide paintball war that -- so far -- has resulted in six arrests and left an unmarked patrol car splattered. Chief James Craig referred Friday to the running battle along city streets as "Paint Up, Guns Down," and said organizers are pitching it as an alternative to gun and other violence. "If you want to work with us and stop the violence, there are a number of things we can do together, but having paintball wars across the city is not the way to do it," said Craig said during a news conference. On Wednesday night, Davon Williams, 22, was arrested when nearly a dozen paintballs struck Capt. The paintballs rained on the unmarked car after Patterson turned on its emergency lights when he saw about 50 people with paintball guns shooting at each other.
Police have not said conclusively what sparked the trend. But in Atlanta, one of the cities where paintball fights were first reported, the calls began near the end of March -- around the same time that rapper 21 Savage began posting YouTube videos with the message "Guns Down, Paintballs Up," according to Sgt.
Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. Authorities on Thursday said they have noticed an alarming spike in paintball shootings this year in Los Angeles, with some leading to injuries and the attacks often shared to social media. The Los Angeles Police Department announced that 80 paintball shootings have occurred in the city this year, with 75 of the attacks taking place in South Los Angeles. Police said the attacks can lead to "serious soft tissue damage" often look like real assault rifles.