San Bernardino police say 50-100 residents have been BB gunned to car windows since early January – CBS Los Angeles

SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA) – The hunt for someone who aimed a BB gun at cars in the Inland Empire is underway, where police said dozens of shootings have been reported since earlier this month.

Police said someone had been driving down residential streets in San Bernardino all month, shooting at parked cars with a BB pistol and piling expensive bills on the car’s owners.

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One victim, identified only as Mr Jackson because he fears retaliation, said the bill for his window replacement will cost him around $250.

“…that’s something we don’t have in this pandemic time,” Jackson said.

While Mr Jackson said he was concerned about speaking out, he added that he was more worried about who did this to his daughter’s car and what they might do next.

“Yeah, it could turn into not just a BB gun, but maybe a higher ammo gun,” he said.

Sergeant Equino Thomas of the San Bernardino Police Department said he was also concerned the situation could escalate.

“Perhaps a homeowner or vehicle owner will see someone doing this, confront them and possibly get hurt,” he said.

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Investigators with SBPD said they are seeing a pattern.

They estimate somewhere between 50 and 100 people in the same area hit their cars with BBs. All filming took place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays north of the 210 Freeway and east of the 215 Freeway in San Bernardino.

January 19, 2022

Witnesses believe a dark sedan caught on camera could be the suspect’s car.

“We encourage every victim of these crimes that you might think, ‘Oh, that’s no big deal. It’s probably a kid playing a prank or something to report it,” Sgt Thomas said.

The BB gun rampage feels like déjà vu for the victims here in the Inland Empire. Last year over a hundred drivers on the 91 Freeway had their car windows blown out by BB’s. It took over two months for this suspect to be caught.

“…didn’t feel right at first that this was happening in our neighborhood, and that this was some kind of repeat thing that happened on the 91 freeway,” Jackson said. “We take into account that it could be someone who is a copycat.”

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