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Paintball crimes on the rise

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Police say paintball crimes are spiking across the nation and in Atlanta where 34 paintball shootings have taken place this year.

Rapper 21 Savage posted videos on social media as part of a movement called Paintballs Up, Guns Down.

Instead of using real guns they are shooting paintball guns, making it a game.

"We really saw this huge spike," says Atlanta Police Spokesman Carlos Campos. "They just pretty much run around the streets ans shoot at each other."

But the game backfired.

The motive behind the shooting that killed 3-year-old T'Rhigi Craig on Easter Sunday may have been a paintball attack.

Christopher Cullin, 15, is accused of firing a real gun after his family was attacked with paintballs.

21 Savage paid for the toddler's funeral.

"What we are seeing is what we would call collateral damage. There was an incident at a gas station and they fired a lot of shots and the pumps got covered with gas," says Campos. "We did have one incident that's been reported to us of a woman who was shot at while she was in a car and it caused her to have a traffic accident."

That woman assistant Fulton County DA April Ross.

Her boss, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard, says these paintball attacks are not childish pranks but serious felonies.

The Atlanta Police Department says they have a zero tolerance policy.

"If we encounter it we are going to arrest the individuals involved they are going to go to jail. It's dangerous."

CBS46 reached out to 21 Savage to ask about the paintball war and unintended consequences. He ha not yet responded.

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