Air rifles like BB guns can cause severe bodily injury and serious damage to property when used in populated areas.
The NOPD has responded to a number of incidents involving the use of these types of rifles and would like to remind residents and parents that they are illegal to use within city limits and those responsible for using these weapons can face serious charges.
Below are recent incidents involving BB & paintball guns:
May - 13 Bicyclist hit with BB gun on Bullard Avenue
The NOPD is investigating a shooting at the intersection of Bullard Avenue and Hayne Boulevard. Initial reports showed a male victim. Through the course of the investigation and after reviewing X-rays, officers were able to determine the bicyclist was hit with a BB/ pellet gun.
May - 14 NOPD Arrests Four in Simple Battery at Wisner Boulevard and Lelong Drive
Four individuals were arrested on May 14, 2017 after an incident occurred involving two individuals being hit by pellets fired from a paintball gun at the intersection of Wisner Boulevard and Lelong Drive. Click here to read more
June - 7 Juvenile Suspects Sought for Paintball Assault
The NOPD is searching for two juveniles seen on surveillance video for shooting paintballs in the Fourth District. At approximately 6:50 p.m., two unknown black males with paintball guns were observed walking in the 100 block of Berkley Street. One of the suspects fired his paintball gun into the victim’s storage container as the victim put away his lawnmower. The paintball missed the victim but hit several items inside the storage container. Click here to read more
June -11 Victim hit with BB gun on South Carrollton Avenue and South Claiborne Avenue
The NOPD is investigating a shooting at the intersection of South Carrollton Avenue and South Claiborne Avenue. Initial reports showed a male victim shot at the location. However, the signal for this incident was later changed to a signal 34 (aggravated battery). Upon investigation, it was found that the victim had been shot with a BB/pellet gun.