Teens sought in Montco bb gun attacks

July 19, 2012 7:46:33 PM PDT
Police in Montgomery County are looking for a group of teenagers who are believed to be attacking people with bb guns.

Two people in Upper Providence Township were hurt in separate attacks in the past two weeks. The first victim was a teen out for a jog while the second was a woman at a gas station.

That woman was shot in the eye.

"As she came around somebody asked her if she had a cigarette. At that point she turned and felt something hit her in the eye," said gas station owner James Hess.

The 28-year-old woman from Boothwyn was able to remove a plastic bb from her left eye and drove herself to the hospital.

One week earlier a 15-year-old boy was shot in the neck as he jogged along a quiet stretch of Dog Kennel Road. He was taken to the hospital where a doctor removed a metal bb from his neck.

Police believe the shooters are teenagers riding around in a small gray car. They may have also been responsible for an attack along a stretch of Route 291 in Tinicum Township.

In that case, a pedestrian was shot in the hand with a bb gun as a dark-colored vehicle drove by.

Police are asking the public to help identify the culprits.

In the meantime, people who live and work near the attacks, are on guard.

"We'll have to alert out co-workers too. Everybody walks from the corporate center over to here," said Stephanie Bates of Exton.

When arrested, those responsible will likely be charged with aggravated assault, a crime that carries serious jail time.