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Police: Cedar Rapids man went on paintball gun spree

Several people report being hit

CEDAR RAPIDS — A Cedar Rapids man faces a criminal mischief charge after police said he shot up people and buildings with a paintball gun Thursday.

According to the Cedar Rapids Police Department, officers received a report of shots fired at 2249 C St. SW at 4:32 p.m. Thursday. Responding officers found that paintballs had been shot at an apartment complex.

Less than 30 minutes later, a house and vehicle were hit with paintballs in the 1600 block of 14th Avenue SE, police said. At 5:52 p.m., police received a report of paintballs being shot out of a van in the 100-300 blocks of Collins Road NE. Witnesses gave police a description of the vehicle.

Two hours later, at 7:44 p.m., two people reported being hit by paintballs in the 1200 block of Third Avenue SE, with a 23-year-old woman telling police she was hit in the eye. Fifteen minutes after that incident, more people reported being hit by paintballs in the 600 block of 12th Avenue SE.

Police found the suspect vehicle near Metro High School at 9:45 p.m. There, they arrested a passenger in the vehicle, 26-year-old Kenneth K. Herring. He now faces one count of fourth-degree criminal mischief, though more charges could be filed, police said.

The driver of the van, 30-year-old Earnest Murry, was charged with driving while barred and no insurance.

The police department is continuing to review reports of criminal mischief.

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