Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Two teens and a half dozen cars are all the targets of a group of young men firing a BB gun around Salina.
The shootings started this weekend. Police say they started off small and are now getting more dangerous, escalating from vandalizing cars to shooting at other people.
Police want to catch these guys before someone gets seriously hurt.
Felicia Allen says she knows just how dangerous BB guns can be.
"It could do damage. I have a cousin that got shot with a BB gun. She still has the BB in her eye. They do damage. They can do damage,” Felicia Allen said.
So she says she was shocked and angry to find out three young men in an SUV fired a BB gun at her two oldest sons.
“The first thing was like, 'shot at? what?'” Allen said.
Her sons, Kaleb and Kolbie tell us it happened while they were walking to a nearby gas station.
"We looked over and they just started shooting. It was kind of scary. I thought they were real guns at first,” Kolbie said.
That's exactly why police are so concerned. The BB gun the men are using is all black and looks like a handgun.
"A police officer or an armed citizen sees a pointed weapon, they're liable to engage them,” Salina Police Deputy Chief Carson Mansfield said.
Police say the three guys have also shot up a half dozen cars, causing thousands of dollars in damage.
Matt Stewart's car alone will cost about $900 to repair.
"We're waiting on a check from the insurance company and then our next paycheck. We're like everybody else, paycheck to paycheck,” Matt Stewart said.
Felicia Allen says she's happy her sons are safe, neither of them were hurt. Now, she says she just wants police to find the men who fired shots at her sons.
"Not knowing who it was is kind of frustrating,” Allen said.
Police say they're looking for three white males in their late teens or early 20's. They were seen driving a greyish brown, mid 90's Jeep Grand Cherokee with a black roof rack.
If you have any information that could help police find them you're asked to call Crimestoppers at 785-825-TIPS.