Teen shoots paintballs at moving vehicles

Minor injuries reported

August 17, 2012 

Blake E. Winchester, 18, Overland Park, Kan., was charged Aug. 15 with Third Degree Assault. He allegedly shot a passenger in a vehicle with a paintball gun in Cleveland.

Around 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, deputies were dispatched to the area of St. Rt. D and St. Rt. W after receiving a report that a passenger in a car was struck in the neck by a paintball that was shot from a passing vehicle on the highway.

The victim followed the suspect’s vehicle to a gas station in Cleveland where local police stood by until deputies arrived on the scene.

The victim, a 39-year-old Cleveland man, was treated and released at the scene for his injuries.

A second victim also contacted deputies about the incident.

A 45-year-old Drexel man stated that his vehicle had been shot by a paintball by the same vehicle at approximately the same time. That victim saw the suspect throw the paintball gun from the vehicle and helped lead deputies to the area where it was recovered.

“One man was injured and we know of at least two other vehicles shot in this incident and there may be more,” Sheriff Dwight Diehl said. “We are fortunate that this ended before someone was seriously injured or in an accident.”

Winchester was a passenger in the vehicle that he was allegedly shooting from and was later taken into custody.

No charges were filed against a second passenger or the driver of the vehicle.

Winchester is being held in the Cass County Jail on $7,500 bond. Anyone who believes they may have been a victim of this incident should contact the Cass County Sheriff’s Office at 816-380-5200.

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