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Dunkirk police issue warning after a vehicle was shot with water gel pellets

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Posted at 3:39 PM, Jul 28, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-28 15:39:28-04

DUNKIRK, N.Y. (WKBW) — Dunkirk police issued a warning after a vehicle was shot with water gel pellets Wednesday afternoon.

The incident occurred in the area of Lake Shore Drive E and Gazelle Street around 12:45 p.m. Police said the victim reported that a male allegedly shot their vehicle multiple times causing damage to a rear window. The suspect was located a block away and identified as a 17-year-old juvenile. The juvenile was transported to police headquarters and released to return to Family Court.

Dunkirk police issued the following statement:

"This incident is the latest in regards to the recent trend in the City and Nationwide involving Splat-R-Ball/Orbeez guns. These toy guns are non-lethal guns that shoot water gel pellets that are propelled by a spring-loaded air pump mechanism. Although the toy guns are not illegal, the Dunkirk Police Department would like to remind residents and parents to use these toy guns in a safe manner and to monitor juveniles during use. These projectiles can cause significant damage to property and potentially cause serious injuries, so extreme caution should be used at all times."