Two Orthodox Jewish men suffered minor injuries after paintballs were fired at them from a passerby vehicle Sunday night in Williamsburg, police officials told JP.
The incidents allegedly happened in succession. In the first incident reported, a 37-year-old was walking down Kent avenue at around 7:30pm, when a vehicle speeding down Kent avenue stopped at the corner of Hewes Avenue and fired paintballs at him.
Hatzolah and Williamsburg Shomrim responded to the scene and treated him for face and neck injures. Meanwhile Shomrim members alerted the police, who immediately arrived and canvased the area in an attempt to find the suspected vehicle.
The second incident apparently happened a few blocks away, as a witness came forward saying he saw a car firing paintballs at a teenager on Lee Avenue corner Lorimer street, sources told JP. However, no victim came forward and no police report was filed.
On Monday, detectives of the 90th precinct reviewed the case and ruled it a possible bias incident. The Hate Crimes Task Force is reviewing the case.
Anyone who has any information in regards to any of the two incidents is asked to call Williamsburg Shomrim at 7182370202 or NYPD Crime Stoppers at 1800-577-TIPS