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Multiple homes, vehicles damaged by shots from BB or pellet gun in Winston-Salem

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Winston-Salem police are ramping up their efforts to find whoever is responsible for shooting a B.B. gun at homes and vehicles on at least 18 different streets in the city.

“It’s sad that people will do something like that, destroy other peoples’ property,” said one of the victims, who didn’t want to be identified.

Investigators tell FOX8 the incidents began on Thanksgiving eve and continued through the Thanksgiving holiday.

Many residents noticed the damage the morning after, or when they walked outside of their homes to their vehicles. However, one woman was standing just feet away from her kitchen window when it was struck.

“It was scary. I thought it was a real gun,” the victim said. “I turned off the kitchen light to see outside and didn’t see anything.”

Many of the victims say the damage totals a monetary value which is less than their insurance deductible, so they’re left paying out of pocket.

“Taking it out of our Christmas money for the kids,” said another victim.

Police are still looking into other reports to see if they’re connected, but to date, the list of specific locations includes:

  • Cleveland Avenue
    Cornell Boulevard
    Emerald Street
    Glen Laurel Lane
    Fiddlers Court
    Fir Drive
    Frank Street
    Highland Avenue
    Ivy Avenue
    Konnoak Drive
    Luther Street
    Martindale Road
    Oregon Street
    Pine Cove Court
    Sprague Court
    Sundown Street
    W Bank Street
    Willard Road

Investigators say there were multiple victims on some of the streets, including Cleveland Avenue, where six vehicles were targeted.

“They need to act more responsible, grow up and we have to forgive people,” one victim said.

Investigators believe most of the incidents are taking place between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. Most of the incidents were in the southeast portion of the city, but there have been similar reports city-wide. They also say there may be more locations that have yet to be reported.

Police have instructed patrol officers to be more aware of suspicious people and vehicles in the hope of catching whoever is behind the damage, but say they currently have no leads and need the public to provide them.