The Times Herald of Port Huron reports that police received complaints of paintballs being fired inside and outside of vehicles in the city about 55 miles (90 kilometers) northeast of Detroit. Paintball guns and marijuana were found in two vehicles stopped by police. One man was charged and four others ticketed this week in Detroit after paintballs were fired at an unmarked police car. Detroit Chief James Craig referred Friday to the running battle as "Paint Up, Guns Down." He said organizers pitched it as an alternative to gun and other violence.
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.
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.