Paintball shooters' "crime spree" injures nearly a dozen people

MADISON (WKOW) -- At least 11 people were hit by paintballs after police say a group of men in a van went on an alleged crime spree Sunday afternoon.

Police say five men -- Johnathan T. Buck, 24, Jordan M. Haley,  26, and Charles D. Cornell, 19, all from the Chicago area, and Kion K. Larrue, 22, and Blair J. Cook, 24, both from Madison -- drove around downtown Madison and fired paintballs at random.

Incidents were reported throughout the city along South Gammon Road, University Avenue, South Park Street, East Washington Avenue and places in between.

The van was stopped on Fish Hatchery Road just before 6 p.m. after police say a witness reported the van traveling in that direction.

Inside the van, police found a paintball rifle and several hundred blue paintballs, according to a police incident report. 

Officials say several victims suffered welts from the paintballs, but no major injuries were reported. 

The five suspects are all charged with second degree reckless endangerment.

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