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Police investigate pellet gun shooting spree in Newmarket

09/24/2014 10:39 EDT | Updated 11/24/2014 05:59 EST
Police are looking for a group of teenagers in relation to a series of random pellet gun shootings in Newmarket earlier this month.

The shootings took place over a two week period, from Sept. 6-21.

- The first shooting was at a stop light around 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6. When the light turned green, a female passenger in a beige sedan turned and pointed a pellet gun at the driver of a car next to it. She shot at the man's window, shattering it and striking the man. He suffered minor injuries.

- The next day, Saturday, Sept. 6, at around 6:40 p.m., a victim was walking his dog in the area of Queen and Charles Streets when he was struck by a pellet. This time, the victim observed a blue-coloured Chrysler 300 with young male occupants speeding away from the scene.

- On Thursday, Sept. 11, again at around 6:40 p.m., a man was barbequing in his backyard in the area of  Patterson Street and Davis Drive when he was struck by a pellet. The victim saw a beige-coloured sedan driving south on Patterson Street.

- On Tuesday, Sept. 16, around 3:15 p.m., a teenage victim was jogging in the area of Leslie Street and Srigley Street. The victim heard a pop sound then was struck by a pellet. The victim observed a beige sedan travelling south on Leslie Street.

- On Sunday, Sept. 21, at 11:50 p.m., a victim was walking in the area of Davis Drive and  Longford Street when he heard a pop sound. The victim was struck by a pellet and sustained minor injuries.  The no suspects were observed.

All the shootings happened within close proximity to each other. Police say the victims appear to be chosen at random.

York Regional Police say the pellet gun, while not technically a firearm, is classified as one if it is used to damage property, injure a person or animal, and suspects may be charged with applicable offences under the Criminal Code.

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