- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Police in Ohio’s capital are warning people to use paintball guns only as intended in safe spaces after a series of related crimes damaged homes and left a bicyclist partially blind.

Columbus police say games involving paintball shootings in uncontrolled spaces have injured people and damaged property. They also warn that many paintball guns can easily be mistaken for assault weapons.

Police say officers responded a week ago to a report of young males firing at each other with large guns and found one that had a paintball gun.

On Friday, a cyclist reported being hit in the eye with a paintball fired by a vehicle passenger.

Police say homes were shot with paintballs Saturday, and a paintball shop employee was later hit after confronting young males for throwing trash.

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