Involuntary Paintball

Is this a thing that happens? While walking through East Atlanta Village on a Saturday night, my wife and I got shot by paintballs. It was a drive-by by a dark SUV, not two blocks from a cop parked at the Earl. They shot us in the back.

Back in the day, I played paintball a few times, so I already had a pretty good idea what it feels like to be hit: no big deal if you’re dressed for it. That night, we weren’t. I had a red, bruise-colored ring, beaded like it was sweating blood, where I took my hits. My wife took two to the torso, with no lasting damage beyond goopy pink splatters on both of us. No big deal, injury-wise, but what if we’d taken one to the head? The face?

“Get the license plate?” you’re asking. No, we didn’t. It took us a second to realize what had happened. We heard the shots, and the raucous verbal static of a carload of schmucks, but we figured we were hearing a can tossed out of the car, to our bad luck. Or maybe they’d run over something. Then we realized: “Hey… ow. What the hell?”

Truth be told, we couldn’t get that mad. Helplessness, I guess, diffused that. I don’t understand what makes someone think it’s okay to do that, though, so I can’t shake the lingering confusion. I mean, what the hell? Right?

Just how lousy and cowardly is it to drive around popping strangers, you know? How small a person do you have to be?

3 Comments so far

  1. jordan on April 10th, 2008 @ 4:05 pm

    hmm this is a bit scary. I actually had a friend years back take one to the eye on Halloween. Ended up having to have surgery and it was also broadcast on the local news. No perps were found of course but that could cause some serious damage if being hit in the wrong place (and it was a bit more serious then the christmas story). I also hope this is not just target practice until they try to use something like a real gun. Glad to hear you and your wife are OK. I think this is something to take pretty seriously.

  2. Seth (mostlymuppet) on April 10th, 2008 @ 4:27 pm

    Ugh. That sucks. Sorry Will.

  3. reco on April 14th, 2008 @ 6:08 pm

    Damn, that’s messed up. They better stop before someone returns fire for real.

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