Homeless man allegedly shot with paintball gun while sleeping - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Homeless man allegedly shot with paintball gun while sleeping

Many say this is more than just a harmless park; it is an assault. Many say this is more than just a harmless park; it is an assault.
For those who play paintball as a sport, they know it is necessary to wear a mask because the paintball guns, known in the industry as markers, can pack a punch. For those who play paintball as a sport, they know it is necessary to wear a mask because the paintball guns, known in the industry as markers, can pack a punch.
Two adults, George Jinkins and Tarenton Smith, as well as four teens are charged with aggravated assault. Two adults, George Jinkins and Tarenton Smith, as well as four teens are charged with aggravated assault.

(WMC-TV) - Six suspects cruising downtown Memphis allegedly shot a sleeping homeless man multiple times with a paintball gun that looked like an AR-15 rifle. Many say this is more than just a harmless prank; it is an assault.

"He was sound asleep when they attacked him. So he wasn't expecting it ... It was really a cruel thing to do," said Steve Carpenter, Union Mission.

The homeless sleeping on Poplar Avenue and Danny Thomas abruptly woke with bruises on his face and neck. He man ran to the Union Mission where staff called police.

Two adults, George Jinkins and Tarenton Smith, as well as four teens are charged with aggravated assault.

Union Mission staff says this story is all too common in a city with a homeless population estimates at more than 2,000 people.

"That's just the sad reality of the homeless community and a lot of things that they deal with here," said Carpenter. "When you have a vulnerable population, unfortunately there are going to be predatory people who take advantage of that."

For those who play paintball as a sport, they know it is necessary to wear a mask because the paintball guns, known in the industry as markers, can pack a punch.

"It's good for the whole family, and if played correctly it can be really a great pastime for people," said Battlefront Lasertag and Paintball owner Todd Coulter.

He says the game belongs in a safe, sanctioned location and not on city streets.

"Absolutely, this is the worst type of story here," he said. "Don't look at this situation as this is how paintballs supposed to be, and don't let it scare you from the sport."

The victim went to The Med, and was treated and released. He is still recovering from his injuries.

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