Monroe police warn splat gun pranksters, saying they could be mistakenly shot

MONROE, N.C. — The Monroe Police Department is seeing a trend of splat gun attacks.

Splat guns shoot gel beads that can be painful. Police said the cases tend to involve teenagers who are pranking each other.

Police said they’ve received several 911 calls from people who think the guns are real. They’re concerned the pranksters could be shot by someone who can’t tell the difference.

Authorities said the guns are usually brightly painted and have orange tips. But they said some kids are painting the guns black and removing the orange tips.

If you see someone taking part in these attacks, call police. Officers said some of the participating teens could be criminally charged.

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