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Two Men Charged In Random BB Gun Attacks In Worcester

By Beth Germano, WBZ-TV
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WORCESTER (CBS) – A Worcester woman says she had no idea what hit her, when a BB was shot from a Chandler Street apartment and struck her in the head. Two men have been arrested for taking random shots at people as police say they fired from a fourth floor apartment.

“I heard a big pop and all of a sudden there was a sharp pain on the side of my head,” the victim tells WBZ-TV, but preferring to remain anonymous. She says her driver’s side window was down because she had just left a take-out window with a cup of coffee. The BB was very close to her eye, and fortunately only grazed the skin. But when she looked down in her car she says she saw the tiny ball on the front seat. “All I kept thinking was what if was a real gun, what if it was a real bullet, what if it had hit me in the eye.”

Bail was set today for 20-year-old Kennie Mota-Cruz and 19-year-old Christian Cruz after their arraignment on three counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and a count of discharging a BB gun or air rifle in a public way. The men were arrested after police responded to a report of shots fired about 10:40 a.m. Wednesday morning.

“I have a headache that won’t go away, I’m pretty emotionally upset,” said the 44-year-old woman. Police say they not only hit her but took random pot-shots at two other people, striking a man in the head and shoulders and a woman in the leg, all in a matter of minutes. “I panicked, I definitely panicked. It was a very, very scary experience,” she said.

Inside the apartment that’s slightly hidden from the street, police say they recovered the BB gun and boxes of cartridges, three of them used. Witnesses say the suspects were laughing as they were hauled away. “I hope to God that nobody thinks doing something like this is funny because it’s not,” she says.

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