Paintball Gunmen Shoot Philly Mailman

Three men opened fire with paintball guns at a Philadelphia postal worker

By Teresa Masterson
|  Tuesday, Aug 23, 2011  |  Updated 9:49 AM EDT
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A Philadelphia postal worker was attacked in quite a colorful way this weekend.

A 50-year-old mailman was blitzed by three men with paintball guns after he got out of his mail truck on Manheim Street Saturday, reports the Daily News. The bizarre attack happened at about 2 p.m.

The three paintball gunslingers, who are between 18 and 20 years old, said nothing to the mail carrier before opening fire, reports the Daily News.

Police say the mailman was struck in the face, arms and back. His truck was also splattered with paint.

The silent snipers then fled in a red Saturn, police say.

The men didn't demand money or try to take anything from the postal worker, reports the Daily News.

Paintball guns shoot non-toxic capsules containing food coloring and other ingredients that leave different colored "paint" on its target. It is used in the non-lethal sport of paintball.

Depending on how close a paintball is fired at a person, it can cause bruising and welts.

"Hits to unprotected areas of the face, head and neck are especially painful and can cause more serious injury," according to Wikipedia.

It is not yet known if the mailman was injured in the attack.


 

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