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University of Chicago targeted in several paintball gun drive-bys

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Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on FoxNews.com. The University of Chicago is asking students and staff to watch out for paintball gun shootings after the school received eight reports of pedestrian attacks in the last several days. "They appear to be part of a pattern of paintball incidents reported in other parts of Chicago and suburbs in recent weeks," the university warned the school community Monday. "While these incidents typically have not caused serious injury, they pose a community hazard and we take them seriously."


LAPD Troubled On Rise Of Paintball Shootings In City

International Business Times

Authorities in Los Angeles are concerned about the rise of paintball shootings in the city, fearing that the violent trend may lead to more injuries to unsuspecting victims. The Los Angeles Police Department said Wednesday, September 2, that they have received 80 paintball-related shootings in the city this year, including 75 reported incidents in South Los Angeles. Suspects often record while committing the shootings and upload it to social media, police added. "Paintball guns can look like real assault rifles and have the capacity to shoot bullets at a speed of 300 feet per second," the LAPD said in a news release. "Paintball guns can cause serious soft tissue damage even if the person is wearing clothing over the area."


Paintball shootings in Los Angeles on the rise and concerning police

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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.


Paintball attacks have nearly tripled in past year, LAPD says

Los Angeles Times

Aron Marrujo was playing in the frontyard of a friend's house when paintballs began raining from a passing car. His cousin tried to shield him. But Aron, 9, was hit above his right eye. The wound required nine stitches. An inch lower and he might have lost his eye.


Detroit police seek to end citywide paintball battle

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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.