WWL-TV: Bicyclists in New Orleans being shot with paintball guns; police investigating _lowres

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Bikers and automobiles share the road on Lakeshore Drive in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, May 13, 2014. There is a proposal to close two of four lanes during the weekends and allow the other two only for pedestrians, bikes. Right now, all four lanes are open to vehicles 24-7.

More and more bicyclists in New Orleans have recently become victims of attacks with paintball guns, according to a report.

Around 3:30 p.m. May 9, a man who gave his name only as John was riding his bike on North Rampart Street when he heard what sounded like several shots, WWL-TV reported. He stopped his bike and realized he had been hit with a paintball gun.

“I started feeling from the back of my head, my neck and back,” John told the station.

Dan Favre, a member of the bicycle safety advocacy group Bike Easy, said that there have been 16 violent incidents involving bicyclists in New Orleans recently, and several of those have involved paintball guns.

The New Orleans Police Department issued a statement Sunday about the incidents, asking people to report them to police quickly and to provide as much information as possible.

“We’re adjusting our deployment to help prevent these types of attacks and we’re asking anyone who becomes a victim of one of these incidents to report them to us as quickly as possibly so we can track them,” the statement said.

Read the full report from WWL-TV here.