2017-10-25 / Front Page

Arrests In Paintball Attacks On Toddler, Adults

Two Queens men are facing a slew of charges in a series of wild paintball attacks involving more than a dozen people, including a 2-year-old boy, on October 13.

Cops said Gilbert Lopez, 22, and Oscar Casanova, 19, opened fire at victims in Glendale and Middle Village between 8:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m., splattering them with paint.

The two men fired at people in an area between Juniper Valley Park and Forest Park, laughing at victims as they sped away in a black Honda Accord, a police source said.

Police recovered a Tipper Arms air rifle at the time of the arrests, believed to be the weapon used by Casanova and Lopez in the attacks.

None of the victims was seriously injured, but bystanders told police the attack on the little boy was “unconscionable,” causing the terrified toddler to burst into tears. “How does someone do something like that to a baby and speed away laughing?” one angry woman said. “The little guy was so scared, it was mean and heartless.”

Lopez and Casanova were charged with multiple counts of felony assault, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and endangering the welfare of a child at their arraignments at Queens Criminal Court. 

–Liz Goff

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