Man charged over paint­ball gun shoot­ing spree

Otago Daily Times - - DUNEDIN - JONO ED­WARDS

A MAN has been charged af­ter an al­leged paint­ball gun drive­by shoot­ing spree through Dunedin in which he shot at two 14­year­old boys.

The 19­year­old was ar­rested at 6.30pm on Fri­day, af­ter fir­ing the weapon out of a car win­dow in John Wil­son Ocean Dr.

Se­nior Sergeant Craig Din­nis­sen said one of the boys had two welts on his back af­ter the in­ci­dent.

It was lucky po­lice were able to dis­tin­guish the weapons were paint­ball guns and not firearms, he said.

‘‘If we couldn’t, it would have been an AOS call­out. Things can es­ca­late hugely.

‘‘What was go­ing through his brain at the time? If any­thing ac­tu­ally was.’’

The charge would mostly likely be as­sault with a weapon, Snr Sgt Din­nis­sen said.

Po­lice were mak­ing fur­ther in­quiries into the driver of the car, who could also be cul­pa­ble.

Po­lice were work­ing to con­nect the in­ci­dent with an­other that day in which three Ritchies tour buses were struck by paint­ball guns in Ravens­bourne shortly af­ter 3pm, which im­paired driver vis­i­bil­ity.

Po­lice were ‘‘pretty con­fi­dent’’ they were con­nected, Snr Sgt Din­nis­sen said.

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