Prince William County police are looking for a group of juveniles who they think shot out at least 15 car windows with a pellet gun in several neighborhoods in the east end of the county Thursday night, causing thousands of dollars in damage.
Police received 15 complaints yesterday morning from people who awoke to discover that their car windows had been shattered overnight. The damaged vehicles were located throughout residential streets in Occoquan, Woodbridge, Dale City and Lake Ridge.
Police think that all the attacks were carried out by the same vandals and that they likely drove through the eastern end of the county in the middle of the night, striking neighborhoods that are several miles apart. Police are soliciting the help of residents to locate the vandals and their vehicle.
Sgt. Kim Chinn, police spokeswoman, said yesterday that the damaged cars were parked along residential roadways and were shot with a pellet gun. She said the damage varied, with the front and rear windshields of some cars smashed and the side windows of others shot in.
"This is not something new, but it's not usual to see a rash of these shootings," Chinn said. "It costs a lot of money for these poor people who found their windows smashed."
Most of the shootings occurred along five streets: Maurice and Randall drives in Woodbridge; Courtlandt Heights Road in Dale City; Dapple Gray Court in Lake Ridge; and at Union and Commerce streets in Occoquan. Chinn said there are likely other people who have yet to report damage to the police.
The shooters could face charges of shooting from a vehicle, a felony, and vandalism of a vehicle, a misdemeanor.
Police request that anyone with information about the shootings or the shooters call the Prince William County CrimeSolvers line at 703-670-3700. Anonymous tips to the department could earn a reward of as much as $1,000.