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Dozens cleaning up after overnight paintball shootings

By: Whitney Burks
By: Whitney Burks
Nearly 80 homes and businesses in Martin County were hit by a drive by paintball shooting.

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MARTIN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - They say it was a couple kids who thought they were just having some fun, but it left dozens in Martin County with a mess to clean.

Nearly 80 homes and businesses were hit by a drive by paintball shooting, and officials say someone could face some serious charges.

Several people in Martin County woke up Monday morning to a messy and unwelcome surprise.

"I figure with school being out, you know, summer, kind of hi-jinx, kind of juvenile thing," said Gary Ball with The Mountain Citizen. Their window was one that got shot.

Homes and businesses along a 15 mile stretch are splattered with paint that police say was shot from paintball guns by two teens around 3:00 Monday morning.

"Businesses been damaged, cars been damaged, homes been damaged. Anything else they could shoot at," said Martin County Sheriff Garmon Preece.

They say what might be seen as a harmless joke is actually much more serious.

"It's people thinking they're having fun on other people's expense, and it's not fun when you lose your property or get it destroyed," said Preece.

The sheriff says about 80 homes and businesses were affected including the courthouse.

He says some serious charges could be following for those at fault.

"I guess they got a lot of time on their hands to do stuff like that. You know the dangerous thing is that you could have hit somebody," said Ball.

Many seem to agree while it may be annoying to deal with, it could be worse.

"It's not broken, not shattered. Five minutes it'll be cleaned up," said Ball.

It could put those at fault in a sticky situation with a criminal mischief charge for each home or business hit.

Deputies do have suspects but are not releasing their names yet.

No major damage was reported, but the suspects could face more charges if there is.

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