A man has been treated for an eye injury after he and two other pedestrians were allegedly shot with gel blasters by two suspects in a passing car in Adelaide’s north-east.
- Gel blasters are only legal in SA and Queensland
- Three Adelaide pedestrians were allegedly shot with one from a car
- A man has been charged and police are looking for another suspect
The man was allegedly shot with the toy gun from a passing silver car on The Strand at Lightsview about 6:30pm on Monday.
Two other pedestrians were allegedly shot on Navigator Drive and Robert Street at Northgate about 10 minutes earlier, and suffered minor injuries.
Police arrested an 18-year-old man yesterday after searching his home at Evanston Gardens.
Officers allegedly found two gel blaster guns, two shotguns, a rifle, ammunition and prescription medication.
Police are still searching for a second suspect.
Superintendent Craig Wall said the gel blasters caused serious injury, both physically and psychologically.
“These matters are treated seriously by South Australia Police as these weapons look very realistic and it is very difficult to determine if they are real firearms or not,” he said.
Gel blasters — also known as hydro blasters — are only legal in South Australia and Queensland.
They are used in skirmish games similar to paintball.
The man was charged with aggravated assault causing harm and two counts of aggravated assault, as well as possessing prescription medication, which police say did not belong to him.
He is expected to face the Adelaide Magistrates Court in July.
South Australian Commissioner for Victims’ Rights Bronwyn Killmier condemned the alleged attack as “totally wrong”.
“What person would think it’s OK to do this to innocent people going about their business and scaring them?” she said.
“They must have known the impact this would have on people.”
Police are also seeking dashcam footage of a silver 2006 Holden Astra sedan with South Australian registration of XML686.
SA Police has previously warned that anyone seen with a gel blaster in public would initially be treated as though they were holding a real firearm by officers called to the scene.