BB Blasts Anger South City Businesses, Residents

  • PHOTO BY STEVE TRUESDELL
  • A BB gun attack on Cherokee Street had residents on high alert last Monday.

On Monday, July 10, a group of musicians were sitting outside Yaquis (2728 Cherokee Street) around 11:27 p.m. when someone started firing out of a passing SUV. The suspect — described in a police incident report as a white male with a heavy build, ages 35 to 40 — hit three women with a spray of BB guns or pellets, police say. A nearby storefront was also hit.

But it’s what happened next that should have given the driver pause: Witnesses allege on social media that someone nearby pulled out a semi-automatic and started shooting right back at the SUV.

(That detail is not contained in the police incident report; ask about it, a police spokeswoman neither confirmed or disputed it.)

But the exchange of gunfire didn’t end that night’s BB gun drive-bys. Police say they are investigating another incident about an hour later. Around 12:30 a.m., the occupant of a dark-colored SUV, possibly a Suburban, fired several shots from a pellet/BB gun into the glass front door of Sandrina’s (5098 Arsenal Street), the neighborhood bar in Southwest Gardens. “Investigators are working to determine if the same suspect(s) is responsible for both incidents,” a police spokeswoman told…

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