BB and Pellet Gun Shootings in Appleton
A string of shootings in Appleton have neighbors concerned tonight. Police say the vandals are using BB or pellet guns to shoot-out windows of cars and houses. Video by nbc26.comvideo
APPLETON, WI – A string of shootings in Appleton have neighbors concerned tonight. Police say the vandals are using BB or pellet guns to shoot-out windows of cars and houses.
Police received 27 reports of damage over the weekend and tonight, they're looking for any leads to catch the criminals. The Appleton Police Dept. said right now it appears these BB and pellet gun shootings are random, spanning all across the city with no pattern. And homeowners say they want the people responsible caught.
"I was really surprised they were that inconsiderate of other people,” said Jeff Arndt who woke up Saturday morning to a shattered window on his truck, and had to replace it for more than $70.
“People work hard for what they have, and people have to come by and wreck it just for the heck of it,” said Arndt.
And Arndt wasn't the only one. Just a few streets over, Daniel Mead's car also had a shattered back window, now he's driving a rental car.
"I didn't expect to hear it was pellet or BB gun,” said Mead.
He said he thought it was a rock. He said he also didn’t expect 27 other people to have similar damage. He was concerned after the glass landed in his son's stroller that was in the back of the car, and he had to pick out all the pieces.
“It's really dangerous to have people shooting at houses,” said Mead. “Even with a BB gun. You might think it's a toy, but it could really hurt someone.”
All the calls of broken windows and holes from the BB and pellet guns kept Appleton Police busy.
"[It’s] very time consuming with officers responding and taking complaints,” said Lt. Chad Allaback. “And with regards to the amount of damage that continues to compile.">
So far the only lead police have is that a tan car was seen leaving one of the incidents this weekend. If you have any information, please call the Appleton Police Department at 832-5500. Those who wish to remain anonymous may contact We-Tip at 1-800-78-CRIME (800-782-7463).