Arlington police investigate drive-by paintballs, pellet shootings

Police in Arlington, Virginia, are conducting a criminal investigation into four separate paintball and pellet drive-by shootings in less than a week.

The most recent attack happened Monday around 5 p.m. on Washington Boulevard at North Highland Street. A person was struck by pellets fired from a gray or light-blue small SUV.

On Friday night, four people were hit by paintballs in two separate attacks about 90 minutes apart. The first two people were hit around 7:30 p.m., then two others were struck around 9 p.m. on South Eads Street near 15th Street South.

The shots were believed to be fired from a silver-colored older model four-door sedan. A parked car and the door of a business were also splattered with paintballs.

Police say the string of drive-by shootings they’re investigating began Wednesday March 16, when someone was hit by pellets from a passing vehicle on South Eads Street at 12th Street. The suspect vehicle is a maroon SUV.

Arlington police said similar incidents have been reported in other states and appear to stem from challenges originating on social media.

Anyone with information on the incidents above should call police at 703-228-4180.

Dick Uliano

Whether anchoring the news inside the Glass-Enclosed Nerve Center or reporting from the scene in Maryland, Virginia or the District, Dick Uliano is always looking for the stories that really impact people's lives.

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