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Six people struck by BB pellets over two days in Manchester


MANCHESTER - Six people were struck by BB pellets fired from a passing car over the past two days in the city. And, in a seventh incident, two children walking on Belmont Street Monday afternoon were shot at by a man in an SUV although neither child was struck.

Police said five of the incidents happened Tuesday afternoon, while the other two occurred Monday.

The series of incidents Tuesday began at 2:50 p.m. when a 17-year-old woman was hit in the leg by an apparent BB pellet as she was walking in the area of Notre Dame Avenue and Kelley Street. She told police she believed the shots were fired from a passing white, four-door sedan operated by a white male waving an "Airsoft" gun with an orange-tipped barrel.

At 3:45 p.m., a man and woman were hit with pellets shot from a passing car as they walked east across the Bridge Street Bridge. The 58-year-old woman was struck in the upper leg, and a 67-year-old man, who was walking in front of her, was hit in the back. Police said the shots came from a white, older-model white Honda, low to the ground, that was traveling east across the bridge.

About 30 minutes later at 4:15 p.m., a 33-year-old woman was hit in the left torso by a pellet fired from a car as she was outside her Cedar Street residence. She said the shot was fired from a four-door, white sedan occupied by three men, ages 18 to 20.

Police said "336" were some of the numbers on the New Hampshire license plate.

A 55-year-old bicyclist became the fifth victim Tuesday when he was struck in the back about 4:30 p.m. as he was pedaling south on South Willow Street across from the Mall of New Hampshire. He believes the shot came from a passing vehicle but could provide no description of it. Police said he had a small red welt where he was hit.

On Monday afternoon, two boys walking along Belmont Street, near Hanover Street, reported a man in an SUV fired a BB gun at them. They were not hit. The boys told police a woman passenger pointed her finger at them, gesturing in a shooting motion, and then the rear passenger window went down and a man in the back seat fired a BB gun out the window at them. Neither was hit.

The front-seat passenger is described as a 25-year-old woman with brown hair, streaked with light color. She had freckles on her face and wore blue shorts. The man who fired the BB gun is described as Hispanic, in his 30s, wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt and dark sunglasses.

At 4:50 p.m. Monday, a 44-year-old man walking on Main Street, near Manchester West High School, flagged down an officer to report that someone in a passing car fired a BB gun at him, striking him in the back. Police said the man had a small welt on his back. He could give no description of the two people who were in the small, four-door white car.

Anyone with information on either of these incidents is asked to call police at 668-8711. Anonymous tips for cash rewards may be made through Manchester Crimeline at 624-4040 or online at manchestercrimeline.org.


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