Pedestrians, vehicles hit by BB pellets in south London, man charged

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A London man faces charges after a suspect fired a BB gun at people and vehicles in the city’s south end.

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Police responded Wednesday around 12:40 p.m. to several 911 calls reporting people and vehicles struck by what appeared to be pellets or BBs on Southdale Road East, just east of Wellington Road, police said Thursday.

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Uniformed officers along with members of the emergency response unit arrived at the scene and arrested a suspect within minutes, seizing a BB gun, police said.

The victims sustained minor injuries, police said.

“While there were no serious injuries  . . . anyone who is in possession of a firearm, whether it’s real or not, is putting not only themselves in danger but every around them as well,” police spokesperson Const. Sandasha Bough said.

A 27-year-old London man is charged with eight counts of assault with a weapon. He’s scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 20.

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The incident comes less than a month after suspects in a vehicle shot two people with an airsoft gun in London and Kilworth in what police called random attacks. Both victims had minor injuries.

OPP officers with their guns drawn arrested five suspects in a Oxford Street West parking lot on Oct. 9. Police said the weapon used in the shooting was confirmed to be an airsoft assault rifle, a low-powered replica gun that shoots non-metallic projectiles made out of plastic or wax.

Five Londoners, ages 18 and 19, were charged with discharging an air gun or pistol with intent, assault with a weapon and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

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