Harper Woods police ID suspects in paintball shootings

By: Brendan Losinski | Advertiser Times | Published February 18, 2021

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HARPER WOODS — The Harper Woods Department of Public Safety has identified two suspects following three incidents Feb. 9 where paintballs were fired at homes and individuals.

The first occurred at 8:21 p.m. at a home in the 18700 block of Washtenaw Street, which is near the intersection of Kelly and Moross roads. Police said a resident was at home at the time and heard what she believed to be gunshots. After checking outside, she discovered blue paint and minor damage to the front of her house. She told police that she had observed a white Chevy Malibu fleeing the scene.

At 8:43 the same evening, a similar incident occurred at a home in the 18900 block of Woodcrest Street, which is four streets north of the site of the first incident. A resident was home at the time, heard noises and went outside to see three males running to a white Chevy Malibu, which then fled the scene, according to the police.

Lastly, at 9:42 p.m., a male victim was waiting for AAA assistance near his disabled vehicle in the parking lot of the Kroger grocery store at 20903 Harper Ave., near the Eight Mile Road intersection. Police said the white Malibu approached the victim and shot between 10 and 15 shots. Investigators said that the victim, believing he was being shot at with a real firearm, dove to the ground and was hit by five to eight blue paintballs. He told police that he observed four males inside the Malibu.

A Harper Woods patrol sergeant observed the vehicle in question on Feb. 13 and impounded it. On Feb. 15, detectives spoke with two suspects and reportedly recovered the paintball guns. Police said the suspects confessed to the three incidents as well as other incidents involving Grosse Pointe Woods residents.

“I cannot answer for Grosse Pointe Woods, but they are following up,” Harper Woods Director of Public Safety Vincent Smith said in an email last week. “The suspects are one juvenile and one adult. The car belonged to a family member, and charges are pending. They are not in custody.”