Arrests after paintball gun attacks

Getty Images file photoFour men allegedly recorded themselves on an iPad laughing while shooting at people with paintball guns.

A series of paintball gun attacks in San Francisco over the weekend led to the arrests of four men, police said, but not before a man walking down the street suffered a serious eye injury.

About 11:25 p.m. Saturday, the passenger of a white Audi allegedly fired paintballs at three men walking east on Geneva Avenue near the Balboa Park BART station. One of the victims, a 32-year-old, was hit in the back, arm and leg. A second victim, 39, was shot in the back. The third man, 28, was struck in the eye.

“It sounds like it’s a pretty serious eye injury,” Officer Gordon Shyy said Monday.

The injuries suffered by the other victims were not as serious, Shyy added.

The incident was not the first paintball attack of the day.

“There were multiple calls that evening about similar incidents in that general area,” Shyy said.

Based on the description of the Audi, the suspects, all San Francisco residents, were eventually pulled over and allegedly found in possession of two paintball guns, which are illegal to own and carry in San Francisco. Two of the suspects are reported to have graduated from Balboa High School in the last few years.

Larry Massey, 20; Master Rhodes, 22; Keith Johnson, 19; and Corwyn Duvernay, 19, were booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy and possessing paintball guns, Shyy said.

Massey has also been charged with felony mayhem in connection with the incident, and Johnson was also booked on a warrant out of San Mateo County.


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