SALEM – Police were looking for an older model white Jeep Grand Cherokee Wednesday after paintballs hit a woman in the head, struck a couple of vehicles and peppered more than a dozen businesses downtown and on the east end with paint.
None of the damage appeared permanent. The woman said she wasn’t hurt after the incident on North Ellsworth Avenue when the described vehicle drove past her.
The first report was actually filed with Perry Township police when a motorist at 6:14 p.m. reported his vehicle was struck by paintballs on the driver’s side while he was eastbound on East Pidgeon Road, possibly near McKinney’s Furniture.
At 6:18 p.m., Salem police were called by a woman who reported that someone in the described Jeep, driven by a male, fired paintballs at several juveniles in the 600 block of North Ellsworth Avenue.
At 9:16 p.m., a person walking in front of a business in the 2800 block of East State Street reported being narrowly missed by a paintball that struck a glass window nearby. More complaints were received from another business in the 2200 block of East State Street just minutes later.
A man came to the police station from New Garden Avenue at 9:21 p.m. and reported his vehicle was shot with a paintball gun.
Officers started checking businesses and by the time they were done, they discovered more than a dozen locations had been struck by paintballs from one end of State Street to the other. Another business was added to the list Thursday.
The list of businesses, all on either State or Ellsworth, included the former Salem Sport Shop, attorney Robert Bricker, H & R Block, Salem Podiatrists, O’Reilly’s Auto Parts, Home Savings & Loan, Dental Health Group, Subway, Kendrick’s Korner, Manhattan Cleaners, AT&T Wireless, Sally Beauty Supply, GameStop and Hofmeister Realty.