Man terrified after he’s shot by paintball gun; search for suspect

October 22nd, 2009 by

SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) — A man was left terrified after he was shot in the leg with a paintball gun.

For a terrifying second Saturday night, West Kendell veterinarian Marc Kramer thought he’d been shot while out walking his dog on Southwest 164th Court. “I felt this sharp impact in my left thigh, and I fell to the ground,” said Kramer.

He’d soon see the unmistakable smear of yellow paint on his pants and realize the culprit had used a paintball gun. Kramer said it was a paintball drive-by, and the shooters rode off into the night in a dark Scion XB. “There were two young guys in a car, two young males. The passenger had the gun out the window,” Kramer recalled. “They think it’s a prank, but if someone was to get shot in the eye or ear or an animal, it could be a pretty serious injury.”

Back in 2004, Miami-Dade Police investigated a string of paintball shootings where the trigger-man focused on the eyes of their marks and at least one person lost an eye. “With a blunt impact against the eye you can have a rupture into the cornea,” said Dr. John Kitchens of the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.

Two years ago, a similar incident occurred, leaving Gordon Park of Dania Beach bruised after he was hit.

Kramer is now left grateful he only has a bruise on his thigh to show for the attack and hopes those responsible are caught. “This is not to be taken lightly, somebody could get seriously hurt for life,” Kramer said.

Miami-Dade Police believe this is an isolated incident. There are no other reports of any attacks like this.

The paintball suspect could face felony charges if arrested. Specifically charges of aggravated assault with a weapon.

If you have any information on this crime, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.

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