EUGENE, Ore. – A woman was shot in the face with a paintball gun while walking near Maxwell Road and Northwest Expressway in Eugene Tuesday night, the Eugene Police Department confirmed.
The woman, who witnesses described as in her 20s, was reportedly walking home from work around 11 p.m. near Highway 99 on the overpass south of Roosevelt Boulevard when a vehicle drove by and shot paintballs at the woman, one hitting her just inches from her eye.
One passerby named Kelly, who asked us to withhold his last name, said his son heard the woman screaming for help, having thought she had been shot by a firearm instead of a paintball gun.
“She thought she had been shot in the face with a real gun," Kelly said. “We found her and she had orange paint all over her face and apparently she got shot in the leg and fell down and when she rolled over, they shot her in the face.”
Police said the woman did have injuries but was not taken to a hospital.
“She couldn’t feel her face because it hit her so hard," Kelly said.
He said shots continued to be fired from the vehicle, forcing him and others on scene to jump into a ditch in case they were shot at again.
Police said they couldn't find the vehicle involved, which is described as a "dark colored 90s model box-shaped 4-door sedan."
Police are investigating the incident as third degree assault. If you have any information, contact the Eugene Police Department at 541-682-5111.