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Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 0506201502
Subject :

Police Seek Suspects in Paintball Shootings of Pedestrians
Contact : Marianna Villaescusa, Agent, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA -- Suspects shot a paintball gun from a moving vehicle at five pedestrians last night in Palo Alto in three separate assaults, striking three people and causing minor injuries.

On Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at about 8:31 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call from a man who reported he had just been struck by a paintball shot from a moving vehicle near the intersection of Newell Road and Dana Avenue.  The man and his wife, both in their seventies, were walking along the sidewalk on Newell Road when a vehicle approached from behind them headed southbound.  An unknown suspect inside the vehicle fired 12 to 14 green paintballs at the couple, striking the man once in his hip and causing pain.  His wife was not struck.  The victim could only describe the vehicle as light-colored.

At about 8:34 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received another call of two people who had just been hit with paintballs shot from a moving vehicle in the 700 block of Melville Avenue.  The first victim in this area was a woman in her forties who was walking her dog and crossing the street towards Parkinson Avenue when she was struck by several green paintballs fired from a vehicle approaching from behind her.  This victim was struck on her hand, arm, and chest.  The second victim in this area was another woman who was walking with her husband (both in their forties), also on the 700 block of Melville Avenue.  She too was struck by a green paintball on her hand.  Her husband was not struck.  Both of these victims felt pain and will likely be bruised from the impacts.

The victims from Melville Avenue reported that the suspect vehicle was a gold-colored sedan with a rounded body type that looked to be about 15 years old.  The suspect was likely a passenger on right side of the vehicle.  The victims reported hearing a male voice yelling in a cheerful manner from the vehicle as it passed by.

Paintballs are projectiles that are travel at a high velocity and that can cause serious injury to people depending on where they are struck.  People who play paintball games routinely wear masks as a safety precaution to avoid injury.  Injuries can range from small bruises to severe welts and broken skin.  If a paintball hit someone in the face or eyes, it could cause significant injuries.

Charges for suspects in paintball assault cases could range from misdemeanor vandalism (for property that is struck) and misdemeanor battery (for a person who is struck, without serious injury) to felony assault with a deadly weapon (for a person who is struck and seriously injured; for example, if a paintball were to strike a victim in an eye).

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call our 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413.  Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.  Tips can also be submitted anonymously through our free mobile app, downloadable at or