Paintball Shooting Suspect Shot With Real Gun

By Regina Waldroup
|  Friday, Nov 1, 2013  |  Updated 10:22 PM CDT
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A man firing paintballs was struck in the shoulder by a shot fired from a real gun

A man firing paintballs was struck in the shoulder by a shot fired from a real gun

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A Chicago woman says she was shot with a paintball gun Thursday not long before the shooter took a bullet from a real gun as a result of his pranks.

Lisa Tappler was walking to her South Side home when she was shot in the apparent Halloween prank.

"My face was bleeding. I didn't know if I had gotten shot with a real gun," Tappler said. "Hee didn't care who he was shooting ... He didn't know me, I didn't now him."

Police say the 21-year-old man's prank went too far when one of his victims retaliated by firing back with a real gun in the 7800 block of South Emerald Avenue.

The man was shot in the shoulder and was listed in stable condition. His alleged accomplice in the paintball shootings, 39-year-old Jason Wells, was charged with one misdemeanor count of possession/discharging of an air rifle, a misdemeanor.

Police are still looking for the gunman who shot the paintball shooter.

Community activist Andrew Holmes has been on a crusade against paintball guns since the summer, and says it's only a matter of time before things get even more serious.

"Sooner or later, someone is going to lose their life behind these paintballs," Holmes said.


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