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BRISTOL, VA (WJHL) -

Update on May 7th at 10:30 p.m.

Bristol Virginia Police said tonight that, while there have been no arrests made in the airsoft shooting case, investigators have "a solid lead and one or more suspects."

According to Captain Maynard Ratcliff, Bristol Virginia Police investigators are conferring with the Commonweath Attorney's Office to determine how to proceed with the case.

 

 


 

Update on May 6th

 

Police in Bristol, Virginia want to find the people targeting random residents with "airsoft" BB pellets.

Four of the victims were children.

In five separate incidents spanning Wednesday through Friday, Bristol Virginia Police say a total of eight people sustained minor injuries after being shot with airsoft pellets from passing vehicles.

Police issued an appeal for information as part of a news release detailing what happened.

Here's the full report from Bristol VA Police.

"Felt like somebody stabbed me then shot me," said Roy Vance III

Only a few days ago Roy was preparing to mow his lawn when he says an SUV pulled up and opened fire.

It looked like a machine gun. They shot it and they could hear it repeat and repeat.

The realistic look and feel of the guns is what scares Roy's mother the most.

"I was looking for them to be laying on the ground really really bad hurt but luckily it was just the BBs," said Kathy Vance "this time it was plastic bullets and BBs. Next time it could be a real gun and they could be laying dead."

Detective Steven Crawford with the Bristol Virginia Police has been working the case. He says the incidents seem to be at random

"The consensus at the moment is that they are all related and you have multiple people and they are just switching vehicles," said Crawford.

But Kathy says she hopes for a quick resolution.

They're hurting people. They're really hurting people and they need to stop. Leave Bristol to the good guys. Go back where you came from. We don't need it," said Kathy.


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Bristol, Virginia Police are investigating several shooting incidents that have occurred over the past 3 days.

We have received reports of several people being shot with "Airsoft" BB's or pellets while walking or driving in the city.  

The first report came on May 1 at 4:04 p.m. when a male victim was shot while standing on the sidewalk in the 1300 block of Euclid Ave.  The victim sustained minor injuries in the incident.

On May 2, between 4:30 and 5:00 p.m., two people were shot with the BB's while they were traveling in a vehicle in the 1000 block of Old Airport Rd.  Both subjects received minor injuries.  A suspect vehicle description was given in these two incidents, describing a red SUV, possibly being a Chevrolet.  The shooter was described as a white male with brown hair, and possibly being in his 20's.

Within an hour of the second incident, a third incident was reported.  This call came from a home on Massachusetts Ave. where two children were shot with the same type of weapon.  The children also received minor injuries.  The suspect vehicle description in this incident was a green SUV, possibly a Jeep Cherokee or Grand Cherokee.

Another call was received today in the 1300 block of New Hampshire Ave. where two children playing in the yard of a home were also shot and sustained minor injuries.  The suspect vehicle there was again described as a red SUV, possibly a Chevrolet.

And yet an additional call was received at 2:58 p.m. today in the 1600 block of McKinley Ave. where a male victim was shot while he was mowing a yard.  He also received minor injuries.  A suspect vehicle description on this incident indicated a gray or silver pickup truck carrying two males, one wearing a white shirt, and the other being shirtless.

We are asking that anyone who observes, or is a victim of this type of activity, to report it by calling the Bristol, Virginia Police Department at 276-645-7400.  Detailed vehicle descriptions, license plate numbers, and suspect descriptions are very helpful in investigating these incidents.

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