More paintball attacks were reported in San Diego Tuesday night. The man struck while walking to a bus stop said he and others around him at first thought the shooting involved real bullets.
Two people were hit on El Cajon Boulevard just before 11 p.m. Tuesday. One of the victims was a 61-year old man on his way to a nearby bus stop.
The man, who identified himself as Sidney, said he was passing 50th Street when a car pulled up. The driver pointed a gun at him and starting shooting.
“I thought I was shot,” he said. “I thought it was a bullet that went in my leg but it was a paintball or something.”
Sidney said the suspect driving a two-door dark colored sedan with three passengers came around the block and aimed at him again, firing several other rounds.
“He had his hand on the wheel, part of his body was sticking out with the gun, shooting,” Sidney said.
On Monday night, there was a similar attack outside the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center in Hillcrest.
San Diego police are investigating that attack as a hate crime because witnesses reported someone inside the car yelling anti-gay slurs before shooting the paintball gun.
Two other similar incidents were reported around 10:30 p.m. Monday police said. One was reported at 30th and Howard. Another incident was reported in the 4100 block of Idaho.
At this point, there is no suspect description, but officials are looking for a four-door greenish Honda.
For Sidney, he fought back emotions at times describing the sudden and apparently random attack.
“I’m just taking it in stride and trying to take care of my wound and heal,” he said.