Brothers wounded in frozen paintball attack - CBS46 News

Brothers wounded in frozen paintball attack

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Two Rockdale County brothers are being hailed as good Samaritans after they helped apprehend two people, now charged in a dangerous paintball gun assault.

Daniel and Diego Mendoza said they were in their Conyers home when an orange paintball came flying through the window screen.

"We heard the gunshot and ran outside to see who did it," Daniel Mendoza said.

Daniel Mendoza said he saw Andre Pitts and another person who police have not identified, because he is a juvenile, running from his home.

"While my brother was chasing the kid, he was shooting backwards," Daniel Mendoza said. "That's when he caught my brother on the arm and hit me in the knee. He tried to shoot my brother in the head, he put the gun up to my brother's head, when he tried to shoot my brother moved and it just grazed his eye near his temple."

After apprehending Pitts and the juvenile, Daniel Mendoza said he flagged down a deputy with the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office.

According to the report, investigators said the paintballs had been frozen to inflict more damage.

"Added with the circumstances that the paintball is frozen, the large caliber of the projectile and the speed that the projectile travels, there is a risk of death if the shot manages to cause internal injuries to the brain by striking a soft spot of the skull, such as the eyes and temples," the deputy wrote in his report. "There are documented incidents where frozen paintballs have penetrated stop signs and split wooden 2 x 4s."

Andre Pitts, 17, is charged with aggravated assault, reckless conduct, terroristic threats, criminal trespass and loitering and prowling.

"I didn't do anything wrong," Andre Pitts told CBS Atlanta News reporter Mike Paluska.

"Why were you charged with aggravated assault and arrested if you did nothing wrong?" Paluska asked.

"They can't say it was me if they found a paintball gun, and can't find my fingerprints on it," Pitts said.

Pitts went on to deny any wrongdoing outlined in the incident report.

Daniel Mendoza said his girlfriend got paint in her eyes from where the paintball erupted in the window. He is grateful that his family wasn't hurt worse.

"It could have been bad," Daniel Mendoza said. "A frozen paintball could have killed someone."

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