DPW crew chased, shot by suspects with paintballs near 42nd and Townsend

Updated: May 20, 2022 at 9:35 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Three teenage boys are facing charges after Milwaukee police say they were caught shooting paintballs at city workers on Thursday.

Charges are being referred to by the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office.

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A Department of Public Works forestry crew was shot at by two people with a paintball gun. Police say it was just one of numerous attacks that occurred in the area of 42nd and Townsend on Thursday, May 18. 

DPW says the forestry crew was planting trees when two young males got out of a vehicle and chased the crew while shooting paintballs at them. 

One of the two forestry employees was hit in the back twice with paintballs.

The suspects returned to their vehicle - described by the DPW as an early 2000s black Chevy Impala -- and took off. The vehicle had no license plates. 

The DPW crew left the scene and called 911. 

Thursday evening, police located the suspect vehicle near Sherman and Burleigh and a traffic stop was initiated. The vehicle fled and after a short pursuit, the driver -- a 15-year-old Milwaukee boy, and two 13-year-old Milwaukee boys were taken into custody. 

This is an ongoing investigation. 

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