Homes targeted in late-night, drive-by paintball shooting

Steve Bartlett
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Holyrood resident Gerri McDonald points to damage to her home Wednesday morning after being awoken overnight by the sound of paintballs striking her house. She said RCMP officers said they were pursuing three youths in a grey car who they believe were responsible for the damage. Damage was incurred to homes and businesses from Holyrood to Conception Bay South. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

For Gerri McDonald, the bigger fright came after she finished watching the horror film “Poltergeist” early Wednesday morning.

“Bang! Bang! Bang!” Something was being thrown or fired at the side of her home on the main road in Holyrood.

She jumped out of bed and rushed to a front window.

She pulled up a blind and was greeted with another bang.

“My God, I didn’t know what it was,” McDonald recalled, sitting at her kitchen table less than 12 hours later.

She ran outside to see what was happening, but she didn’t see anything out of the ordinary — until she turned to go back inside. The house had been peppered with more than two dozen orange splatters from what appears to be a drive-by paintball shooting.

“I was kind of actually relieved to see it was paintballs and not something scarier,” McDonald admitted.

She called the Mounties and the responding officer told her she wasn’t alone. Other houses in Holyrood had been hit, and properties along Route 60 in Conception Bay South had also been targeted.

Because there were other victims of the vandalism, McDonald said she believes it was a random Halloween prank. She says no one has a reason to target her.


While she was relieved it was paintballs and she’s confident it wasn’t personal, McDonald is not happy and she figures her landlord will be even more rotted. The paintballs left holes and the siding will have to be repaired.

“I’m lucky they didn’t break out the windows because the force (with which) they hit was really strong,” she said.

McDonald also wonders how the incident would have affected her young son if he had been asleep in his bed and not staying at his grandmother’s house.

“The sound was really scary hitting the house, it really was.”

McDonald hopes whoever did it — she assumes it was young people who didn’t know any better — is caught and “taught the difference.”

If the paintball perpetrators get away with it, she fears others will copy them as Halloween approaches.

Sgt. Will Dwyer of RCMP’s Holyrood detachment says they patrolled the area but didn’t find anyone.

If the culprits are caught, he said, they could be facing jail time or a substantial fine.

The police investigation is continuing.

Twitter: bartlett_steve

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Holyrood

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Recent comments

  • stephen
    October 27, 2011 - 18:51

    drive by paint ball?whooooooo whats next for the telegram? death by chocolate? Paint ball ganstas .Send in the army. what a F%$^# joke.

  • Arn Anderson
    October 27, 2011 - 12:38

    Really? She was so scared by it that she immediately ran out of the house to see what it was. Nice photo opportunity for her, but when you are scared, you don't run into harms way to see is happening. Have a look back at the 9/11 footage. There wasn't anyone running towards the buildings to see what was going on.

    • haha
      October 27, 2011 - 14:18

      way to use that as a refrence, i would have ran to see what was going on, and people knew what was happening during that time and you have no idea if people were running, if i had a relative or family member i would have ran to help them get out saftly.

  • Kent
    October 27, 2011 - 07:19

    I hope they are caught and featured on the evening news for the customary perp walk at the coutrthouse.... Then jailed fined heavily. I wonder if they think their stupid prank will be worth a criminal record.

    • John
      October 27, 2011 - 12:00

      Sustantial fine and jail time??? The culprits must get a laugh out of that every time they see it connected to a story about crime. They don't give that for murder why would the justice system have any special interest in paintballs? Earth to culprits: Keep enjoying what you are doing what you are doing. As you already know, a slap on the wrist will be forthcoming when heaven forbid the Mounties MIGHT even catch you!!!!!