A man who reportedly fired paintball guns at people was injured due to shots from a real gun Thursday night in Chicago’s Auburn Gresham neighborhood.
Amina Greer, police News Affairs Officer, says the 21-year-old man was shot in the shoulder around 7:40 p.m. in the 7800 block of South Emerald Avenue, NBC Chicago reports.
He was rushed to Saint Bernard Hospital and Health Care Center in good condition, says Greer.
Area South detectives discovered as they investigated that the injured man was the same person suspected of firing a paintball bun at people around him earlier that night, Greer says.
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The man was then taken into police custody for the paintball incident that occurred earlier. Police arrested another man, 29, who also involved in the shooting. Greer says authorities retrieved two paintball guns as evidence.
According to CBS Chicago, Andrew Holmes said the paintball suspects may have gotten more than they bargained for. He warned the public previously regarding paintball shooters who post videos online of them firing at people.
“We don’t believe in retaliation, but this is the end result that would have happened. You discharge a weapon at someone, then they discharge a real one at you,” Holmes told reporters.
CBS 2’s Pamela Jones spoke with a woman living at 78th and Emerald Avenue who says the paintball hit her face when a group of three men fired shots. A separate group fired real guns.
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The victim said her injury “hurt so bad.”
Information about the time and location of the earlier paintball attack was not released. Police could not determine whether people were injured in that incident, or if the two shootings are connected.
The two men have yet to be charged.
The incident took place a day after three people were charged with shooting people with paintballs on the South Side, NBC Chicago reported.