Police in Abbotsford, B.C., have released two photographs and a map in their investigation of 15 reported pellet-gun attacks that have left nine people injured.
The attacks have all taken place over the past 10 days. Vehicles and homes have also been hit, police said.
Security camera photo show a dark-coloured sedan believed to be driven by either one or two men between the ages of 18 and 25. Pellets were fired from the car.
Police spokesman Const. Ian MacDonald said injuries have so far been minor, but it’s lucky no one has been shot in the face.
“The people who have been struck by these pellets certainly feel pain,” he said. “There’s been welting, and in a couple of instances the pellets have broken the skin.”
The latest attack took place July 27. All the incidents have occurred between 3 p.m. and midnight, apparently at random locations.
MacDonald cautioned Abbotsford residents to be on the lookout for a slowly approaching dark car that isn’t traveling at the same rate as surrounding traffic.
“Some (victims) have felt the slow moving car was about to ask for directions or was looking for an address, then the people or the residence [were] ambushed at the last second.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.