Paintball shooters target west side Detroit neighborhood

- Quincy Allen is shaken up and angry after being attacked by paintball shooting vandals.

"It's not a joke," he said. "We just took off running. All we could do was run."

Allen gets up at 1:30 a.m. daily to catch the bus for work Wednesday morning. He says while walking his dog near W. Warren and Plainview in Detroit, all of a sudden he said the shooting began.

"Paintballs started flying," he said. "They were shooting directly at us."

Allen said three men inside a newer, silver Lincoln were screaming at him and others on the street, shooting paintballs out of the windows.

"He was speaking in Arabic," Allen said. "The only thing he said in English was, 'What's up now?'"

Allen and another man ran down an alley with the car chasing them.

"We were hiding behind a neighbor's house and they actually came back around the corner to finish shooting at us," Allen said.

The other man was hit. 

"He was terrified," Allen said. "Anybody out there could've been seriously hurt. They shot at a lady walking down the street."

Other business owners in the area on Warren say over the last few weeks, incidents like this have been on the rise. They say they have had to deal with pain on store fronts and cars.

"Paintball wars" have been reported around Detroit in the past month, with other incidents happening around the country. In many of the cases, shooters have targeted unarmed players for sport.

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"It is the same guys who ride along," said Allen. "They probably switch cars and probably do it all the time "

The suspects used a silver Lincoln MKS. Detroit police responded to Allen's call and he plans to file a report.

Allen says the men appeared to be in their early 20s.  The driver was short with black hair and the passenger was tall and blonde.

"People are using these paintball guns like they are toys - they are not toys."

He said he is too afraid to walk around in his own neighborhood - worried this trend of paintball attacks will continue to get worse.

"They take the little ball and they freeze them and they shoot you and make you feel like you got shot by a real bullet," he said. "One day it's going to come down to somebody using a paintball gun... somebody who has a real gun."
 

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