Springfield police are investigating three weekend paintball incidents that were reported in the same area.
Officers were dispatched around 7:40 p.m. on Friday to the area of Lagonda and North Belmont avenues regarding a vehicle that had been shot by a paintball gun, according to a Springfield police report.
When police arrived, they spoke with the victim who showed them his 2017 Toyota Corolla that had paint splatter on it.
“(The victim) said that he was sitting at a red light on North Belmont Avenue at the intersection with Lagonda Avenue. He said a white sedan with a temporary registration proceeded northbound from Lagonda Avenue through the intersection, and someone from inside it shot at his car with the paintball gun,” the report said.
About 30 minutes before that incident, officers also responded around 7:10 p.m. to the area of Lagonda Avenue and Farlow Street on a report of an assault, according to a Springfield police report.
When police arrived, they spoke with the victim who said he was walking in the area “when he was struck in the face with a paintball.”
“(The victim) stated a white car was driving past him when he was struck and he thinks the person who shot him with the paintball was in this white car,” the report said.
Springfield dispatch also received a call around 6 p.m. on a report of a paintball splatters on the front of a house in the 700 block of North Belmont Avenue, according to a police report.
The victim told police she was at work when the incident happened.
“(The victim) noticed three paintball splatters on her house. One was located on her banister, one was located on the front siding under a metal box, and one located on front siding between door and window,” the report said.
According to the reports, the location, paint color and suspect vehicle information match, and “these cases appear to be linked.”
No suspect or witness information was available for any of the incidents, and Springfield police continue their investigations.
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