Police make arrest after gel blaster incidents in northern suburbs

A man has been arrested and police are searching for a second suspect after several incidents in the northern suburbs involving gel blasters.

It will be alleged that on Monday 25 May, between 6.15pm and 6.25pm, police received three reports from pedestrians being struck by gel blaster pellets.

The first incident was at 6.15pm on Navigator Drive at Northgate, the second occurred three minutes later at Robert Street, Northgate and the third incident was at 6.24pm on The Strand at Lightsview.

All three victims reported the pellets were fired by a passenger in a silver vehicle.

All victims received minor injuries after being struck multiple times with the pellets, with a man in the second incident seeking medical attention after receiving an eye injury.

Yesterday (Tuesday 26 May) detectives from Eastern District CIB, together with officers from the State Tactical Response Group arrested an 18-year-old man from Evanston Gardens.

During a search of the premises, police seized two gel blaster guns with magazines (pictured), two shotguns, a rifle and a quantity of ammunition, along with prescription medication not belonging to the man.

He was charged with aggravated assault causing harm, two counts of aggravated assault and possess prescription medication. He was bailed to appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on 22 July.

Police are following positive lines of enquiry regarding the second suspect.

Superintendent Craig Wall, officer in charge of Eastern District says, “Using gel blasters in this manner can cause serious injury both physically and psychologically to victims. These matters are treated seriously by South Australia Police as these weapons look very realistic and it is very difficult to determine if they are real firearms or not.”

Any incident should be reported to the Police Assistance Line immediately on 131444, or 000 in an emergency.

Anyone who believes they may have been a victim of a similar incident around this time involving the silver vehicle used by the alleged suspects is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestopperssa.com.au

Police are also appealing for anyone who may have been travelling in the above suburbs around this time, and has dashcam footage of a silver 2006 Holden Astra sedan with South Australian registration of XML686 to upload it via the uWitnessIt link here

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