Caldwell, NJ

Driver Fires Multiple Paintballs at Caldwell Resident Out Walking Dog Friday Night

Carolyne Volpe Curley / West Essex Now

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Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021

Last night at about 8:05pm, a resident reported to the Caldwell Police Department that they had just been shot at by a person wielding a paintball gun. Caldwell Police responded immediately to investigate.


Friday, Oct. 28, 2021

8:05pm
The resident reported:

  • They were out on their street walking their dog
  • A black car that had been parked next to the resident’s house pulled up to them
  • The driver started firing multiple paintball shots at the resident
  • The resident received wounds to their shoulder.

Common Paintball Injuries

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A hit from a paintball can cause bruises and welts, or depending on where it hits the body, severe injury. The severity of the injury depends upon:

  • The speed of the paintball
  • The distance the paintball travels
  • Where on the body the paintball hits

NJ Paintball Gun Weapons Law

Under New Jersey law (N.J.S.A. 2C:39-1), paintball guns are classified as weapons because they are capable of inflicting serious bodily injury. If the paintball is used as a weapon against someone else or used to deface someone’s property the accusation is a serious offense.

  • Using a paintball gun as a weapon can result in a third-degree weapons offense which carries a potential sentence of 3 to 5 years in prison

Recently two Rutgers University football players were suspended after they were both arrested for an incident involving a paintball gun. They were charged with aggravated assault and possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes and taken into custody.

At 9:40pm, Friday, Caldwell Police were continuing to review neighborhood camera footage and the investigation remains ongoing.

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Caldwell Police Department
James H. Bongiorno, Police Chief
1 Provost Square, Caldwell, NJ 07006
973-226-2600
"It is the mission of the Caldwell Police Department to protect, serve and enhance the quality of life for the citizens of the Borough of Caldwell. We are committed to serve our community with integrity, honesty, and professionalism. We promote a partnership with the community we serve through a Community Policing Oriented philosophy and strive to achieve a safe and secure environment, free from crime and the fear of crime, for all who live, work or visit our community"

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Carolyne Volpe Curley, a Certified New Jersey Press Journalist since 2012, has appeared on nationally televised productions and interviewed by the international press. Volpe Curley publishes West Essex NOW, a hyperlocal news site covering Essex County, NJ. Volpe Curley graduated from Lafayette College in 1986, with a BA in both English and Government, and a minor in Women Studies and Religion.

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