I-494 drivers hit by slingshot rocks?

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  • PLYMOUTH, Minn. -- Police in Plymouth are concerned about a series of incidents involving projectiles fired at passing cars on I-494.

    According to Sergeant John Sigfrinius, there have been at least four such incidents in May and June.

    On June 17, just after midnight, police reports indicate that two vehicles, a Chevrolet Malibu sedan and a Ford Escape, were struck by what Sigfrinius described as "rocks."

    "We found some rocks at the scene. One of the rocks was inside (one of) the car(s). So, we do not think it was just some manufactured projectiles, just some rocks that the kids found or whoever is doing this found," said Sigfrinius.

    The windshield and a side window were smashed in one of the vehicles, according to Sigfrinius, spraying glass inside the car. One of the passengers, an infant boy, "got some glass in his eye" and had to be treated by paramedics.

    Sigfrinius said investigators believe there was a "wrist rocket" involved. Wrist Rocket is a brand of wrist-braced slingshot made by the Saunders Archery Company of Columbus, Nebraska.
    "It is able to launch a rock or whatever they use, kind of far, kind of fast," said Sigfrinius.

    Police said they are pursuing leads in the cases. They believe the incidents are the work of juveniles, although Sigfrinius said they have no "direct evidence that it is kids."

    Wrist-braced slingshots are sold in Twin Cities sporting goods stores for approximately $30-$40.

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