Stratford police arrested a 22-year-old male last week in connection with shooting paintballs at pedestrians and vehicles.
Early Wednesday, Oct. 26, police responded to a woman's report of being shot at in the area around the McDonald's on Barnum Avenue, a few hundred feet from the Bridgeport line.
The woman told police a male wearing a black hoodie walked behind her, fired a gun and then fled on foot, according to a police report. Three males matching the woman's description were spotted running at a nearby intersection, the report said.
After police apprehended the males, they walked toward the area of where they had been running from and allegedly found a green paintball gun inside an open shed, the report said. Inside the paintball gun hopper were paintball colors which matched the colors sprayed on the street and sidewalk, police said.
Police said the three males, of which only one was identified as 22-year-old Edwin Rivera, gave "various stories" as to the origin of the paintball gun. After questioning, police handcuffed Rivera and placed him in a patrol car.
Meanwhile, a second party told police her car had been repeatedly shot at as she drove on Bruce Avenue, the report said. Several neighbors and another driver reported similar complaints to police on scene and dispatch, police said.
Rivera was charged with breach of peace, second-degree reckless endangerment and third-degree criminal mischief.
He was released on $500 bond and given a court date of Nov. 3.
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