Salem shot up with paintballs


Staff Writer

SALEM – Police were looking for an older model white Jeep Grand Cherokee Wednesday after paintballs hit a woman in the head, struck a couple of vehicles and peppered more than a dozen businesses downtown and on the east end with paint.

None of the damage appeared permanent. The woman said she wasn’t hurt after the incident on North Ellsworth Avenue when the described vehicle drove past her and she was struck with the paintball.

The first report was actually filed with Perry Township Police when a motorist at 6:14 p.m. reported his vehicle was struck by paintballs on the driver’s side while he was eastbound on East Pidgeon Road, possibly near McKinney’s Furniture.

At 6:18 p.m., Salem Police

were called by a woman who reported that someone in the described Jeep, driven by a male, fired paintballs at several juveniles in the 600 block of North Ellsworth Avenue.

At 9:16 p.m., a person walking in front of a business in the 2800 block of East State Street reported being narrowly missed by a paintball that struck a glass window nearby. More complaints were received from another business in the 2200 block of East State Street just minutes later.

A man came to the police station from Newgarden Avenue at 9:21 p.m. and reported his vehicle was shot with a paintball gun.

Officers started checking businesses and by the time they were done, they discovered more than a dozen locations had been struck by paintballs from one end of State Street to the other. Another business was added to the list Thursday.

The list of businesses and their locations included: the former Salem Sport Shop at the corner of North Ellsworth Avenue and West State Street; attorney Robert Bricker, 558 E. State St.; H & R Block, 192 E. State St.; Salem Podiatrists, 295 N. Ellsworth Ave.; O’Reilly’s Auto Parts, 2216 E. State St.; Home Savings & Loan, 650 E. State St.; Dental Health Group, 1410 E. State St.; Subway, 2586 E. State St.; Kendrick’s Korner, 981 N. Ellsworth Ave.; Manhattan Cleaners, 763 E. State St.; AT&T Wireless, 1098 E. State St.; Sally Beauty Supply, 2955 E. State St. #8; GameStop, 2955 E. State St. #11; and Hofmeister Realty, at the corner of East State Street and South Lincoln Avenue.