MU police: Pedestrians struck by pellet gun in multiple incidents around campus

MU police: Pedestrians struck by pellet gun in multiple incidents around campus

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Updated: 9:47 p.m. on Sept. 24, 2021.

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Marquette and Milwaukee policed are searching for a car shooting gel pellets at people out for a walk Friday, Sept. 24.

Authorities believe the assaults started Thursday, Sept. 23, on Marquette's campus and continued throughout downtown Milwaukee.

Police say they're looking for a dark colored sedan, possibly a BMW.

People are reportedly being hit with gel beads, similar to paintballs but smaller and filled with a water based mixture.

"Yes its very scary, we get the crime reports all the time, but then especially hearing it was Marquette students makes it a little more scary," said student Holly Hinton.

Hinton says she is just one of the many students unnerved by this latest rash of bad behavior.

Beginning Thursday, Marquette police took reports of students and Milwaukee residents alike being shot with gel pellets by a car driving by.

The assaults occurred up and down Wells by 12th street, over on Wisconsin Avenue and 11th, and throughout downtown.

"Earlier this week my car was broken into, so these kinds of things happen all the time, so we just have to be careful," said Hinton.

Marquette police say the assaults happened between 9:45 and 11 at night.

The gel guns reportedly used in the shootings are sold at stores for around $70.00.

The ammunition is filled with water to create a gel mixture that when shot, travels 150 feet per second.

As advertised, the guns shoot bullets that deliver a pinch of excitement, but that's not exciting at all to unsuspecting students.

"I can get hit, or other students, I also have a vehicle here so it is kind of scary to know that people are out here just randomly shooting," said Marquette student Maricarmen Figueroa.

Marquette police say they've got 1,100 cameras throughout the campus and have asked students to alert them to any suspicious activity.

The gel pellets can leave a welt and cause pain on contact.

Police are urging anyone with information to reach out to local authorities immediately.


Published: 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 24, 2021.

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Marquette University police are investigating after receiving reports of pedestrians being hit with plastic pellets from a pellet gun. 

Authorities say three suspects were shooting pellet guns from a moving vehicle. All of them were wearing masks. 

The incidents happened between 9:45 p.m. and 11 p.m. Thursday night, Sept. 23, at multiple locations around campus. 

The victims reported minor physical injuries. 

Officials described the suspect vehicle as a dark-colored sedan, possibly a BMW. 

Authorities believe this is connected to a similar incident that happened the previous night. 

Anyone with information on these incidents is urged to contact the Marquette University Police Department. 

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