Church employee shot in face with paintball at Bellevue Baptist Church

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A man was shot with a paintball gun on his way to work Wednesday afternoon.

The 47-year-old man told Memphis Police Department he was riding in his church work vehicle on Appling Road on Bellevue Baptist Church campus when someone shot him in the face. He was an employee of Bellevue Baptist Church.

The man later discovered he had been hit by a paintball.

The man was unable to see who fired the paintball at him, but there were two cars in the area when he looked up.

The man suffered an injury to his jaw. After being checked out by paramedics Wednesday, he was back at work Thursday.

Several paintball shop owners said despite it not being a bullet in a gun, paintballs can be extremely dangerous. They said paintballs are fired out of the gun at approximately 100 miles per hour.

Without proper eye protection, we are told that paintball could have left the church worker blind. But in this case the victim just has a large bruise on the left side of his face where he was hit.

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