Several people shot with paintballs Tuesday in Wicker Park

Several people were struck with paintballs Tuesday evening along a busy stretch in the Wicker Park neighborhood.

Police said there were two incidents where an occupant in a dark-colored SUV shot paintballs at people as they stood on the sidewalk around 8:45 p.m. in the 1800 block and 2000 block of West Division Street.

Taylor Mogged has only been living in Wicker Park for one month, but Tuesday, while walking her 7-month-old mini Dachshund, the 23-year-old said she was struck by a paintball.

She immediately turned around and saw a vehicle quickly drive away.

"I definitely knew it was shooting of some kind, didn’t know if it was a gun, paintball gun, bb gun," said Mogged.

Police said another group of people standing on the sidewalk in the 2000 block of Division were struck as well.


Within the past year, hundreds of paintball gun attacks have been reported across the city.

A 45-year-old woman was sent to the hospital after being shot by a paintball last Friday in West Town.

In Wicker Park, almost anyone can fall victim as there is always heavy pedestrian traffic with a lot of restaurants and bars nearby.

Mogged said she doesn’t understand why someone would do this.

Police say perpetrators in these attacks can be charged with a felony.