NH police investigating BB pellet shootings
MANCHESTER, N.H. (WHDH) -- Police have stepped up patrols in New Hampshire after several people were struck by BB pellets from passing vehicles.
Maureen Hinkle, a mother of four, was struck by a BB pellet fired from someone driving by in a car.
“We just heard the firing and what not and then I felt my side -- kind of put the two together,” said Hinkle.
Manchester police are investigating five similar incidents since Monday afternoon. In one case, a bicyclist was struck in the back near the Mall of New Hampshire. In another incident, two people were hit walking across the Bridge Street bridge. In all the cases investigators said someone opened a window and fired what may be an air soft gun, then the car sped away.
“These pellets, if they were to strike somebody in the face or the eye, could cause some very serious injuries so we consider this a very serious situation,” said Lt. Maureen Tessier of the Manchester police department.
Residents find this scary. Dawn Hall said it’s even more unnerving knowing the shootings are so random.
“It really bothers me because I have a younger son -- there’s a lot of elderly [people] too -- it’s just bad,” said Dawn Hall, a concerned neighbor.
Hinkle said she was startled, but also has a message for the people doing this: “Don’t be stupid because you can get into trouble just trying to have fun”.
Officials said many people who were struck with pellets were left with welts on their bodies.