32-year-old Milwaukee man shot in the face in paintball attack

MKE man shot in the face in paintball attack
Posted at 11:29 AM, May 01, 2018

MILWAUKEE -- A Milwaukee man was shot in the face in a random paintball attack late Monday night, according to police.

The 32-year-old man was shot in the "face/eye" just after 11:00 p.m. Monday, police say. It happened in the 5100 block of W. Villard Avenue.

Police say the victim didn't know his attackers. He was taken to the hospital for treatment.

The incident happened just hours after Milwaukee Police held a news conference warning the public about recent paintball shooting across the city.

According to a news release, MPD has responded to dozens of calls where individuals have been shooting paintballs at citizens. The incidents have taken place all across the city - on Milwaukee's West Side, South Side, North Side and Northwest Side. 

Police say it is believed the shootings have likely stemmed from postings on social media. There are multiple suspects and vehicles involved in these incidents. 

The paintball shootings are not just a problem in Milwaukee. Detroit, Charlotte and other cities across the country have also faced issues with paintball attacks recently.