Unknown suspects wanted in paintball attacks

By Shannon McDonald

Two paintball attacked occurred within four hours of each other between Friday night and Saturday morning.

At 11:30 p.m. Friday, a 17-year-old male was struck in the face at Castor and Magee when one of three suspects fired a paintball gun from the rear passenger window of a dark-colored minivan. Then, on early Saturday morning, another 17-year-old male was riding his bike at Frankford and Knorr when he noticed a similar looking vehicle. Though he saw nothing, he felt a sharp pain in his left eye as the van drove by, and saw green paint on his clothes. He was transported to Frankford Hospital.

The first victim received lacerations, swelling and bruising, but the second victim’s injuries are considered severe.  It is believed he will lose his left eye as a result of the injury.

The suspects have not been caught, and anyone with information is urged to call Northeast Detectives at 215-686-3153.

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