It’s been a little while since I got a call from somebody who was shot at with a paintball gun while riding their bicycle. But for awhile there I was getting a lot of them. One victim got a good plate and the police visited the vehicle’s owner and let him know they were on to him; after that the attacks seem to have stopped. (Go figure).
Here’s what my client (that’s his forearm, above) told me about getting hit with a paintball:
The scariest part is that they sound just like guns. I remember riding to
the pay phone thinking, “I’ve been shot. There’s a bullet
under my skin,” because the contusion was as big as a golf ball. The photo was taken a good three hours and five Pacificos later.
There have been no arrests for shooting paintball guns at cyclists in Tucson that I am aware of. Yet.