Iowa City man accused of shooting boy with paintball gun

Incident took place at Forest View Trailer Court

IOWA CITY — An Iowa City man is accused of shooting a boy with a paintball gun inside the boy’s home.

According to Iowa City police criminal complaints, officers were called to the Forest View Trailer Court, 1205 Laura Dr., around 12:39 a.m. Aug. 25 for a report of a burglary. Police spoke with a juvenile, who said Anthony J. Williams, 47, another resident of the Forest View Trailer Court, had come to the juvenile’s home, pounded on his doors and windows and asked the boy to come outside.

Police said when the boy went outside, Williams “accosted” him with an automatic paintball gun.

“Officers seized the juvenile victim’s clothing, which was covered in paintball paint,” the criminal complaint states.

The boy told police that once Williams started shooting him, he backed up into his home and “covered his head on the couch,” the complaints state. Police said Williams, “walked into the trailer and continued to shoot” and left after telling the boy to stay out of his trailer. Police said paint and exploded paintballs were found inside the residence and on the front door.

Williams admitted to going to the boy’s home and shooting him with paintballs, believing the boy had trespassed on his property, police said. Williams — who told police he wanted to retaliate — denied entering the boy’s trailer, police said.

The boy suffered several bruises as a result of being shot with the paintball gun.

Williams was arrested and faces charges of first-degree burglary, a felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison, and third-degree harassment, a simple misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail.

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