Paintball shootings end in arrest

A series of paintball shootings — including one inside a restaurant — ended when Red Deer City RCMP arrested four suspects early Thursday morning.

A series of paintball shootings — including one inside a restaurant — ended when Red Deer City RCMP arrested four suspects early Thursday morning.

Late Wednesday night, RCMP heard a complaint regarding a male who shot a number of paintballs at the Tim Hortons on Gaetz Avenue and 67th Street.

A short time later, there was a second complaint from a female reporting that four occupants in a white truck shot paintballs at her as she stood in front of the Boston Pizza restaurant at 7494 Gaetz Ave.

Then, just three minutes later, another complaint was received from the nearby McDonald’s. A masked male had entered the restaurant, shooting two employees with the paintballs before fleeing the scene with the other suspects in a white Chevrolet truck.

Officers were able to locate the truck, arresting the four occupants of the vehicle and locating two paintball guns.

The pending charges include assault with a weapon, mischief and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public.

The three victims in the attacks sustained minor injuries.

Among the suspects is one young offender. He will appear in court on May 2; the three adult men will appear on May 1.

Anyone with information regarding the incidents can contact Red Deer City RCMP at 403-343-5575 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.