OPP investigate strafing of Chesterville home with apparent gas-cartridge-powered BB’s

The broken car window with visible BB hole — some of the damage sustained during a strafing of the College Street address early Saturday morning. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

CHESTERVILLE — The victims don’t want to be named at this time, but they say their College Street home and car sustained a combined $2,500 in damages after a late-night drive-by shooting for the second time this summer.

They believe it was a gas-cartridge-powered firearm loaded with metal BB’s that broke windows and left vinyl siding riddled with bullet-like holes. Metal fascia at the property sustained similarly sized hits — with resulting, deep BB-sized dents — an upper storey window was cracked and the rear back window of the occupants’ car was shattered.

“You wouldn’t want to be hit with one of these things,” observed a family friend, shortly after NVN witnessed an OPP officer at the address investigating the July 27 incident.

The broken window on the car alone accounts for $500 of the estimated damage. Approximately a dozen holes in the siding and other damage to the home accounts for the rest.

Surveillance video taken from the family’s security system, which the family friend posted on Facebook, shows a car passing by on College Street in the wee hours of Saturday morning. Apparent shots ring out as the vehicle speeds by. Voices are audible moments earlier in the clip, possibly the spoken name of somebody inside the vehicle as it approaches the address.

The family says they bought their new surveillance system after an earlier, similar incident. They hope the footage assists the police in their investigation.

NVN has contacted the OPP for comment on the situation.

One of a about a dozen holes in the home’s siding. The siding is less than five years old but is now punctured in numerous places. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Below, surveillance video footage of the incident. Much better video exists when taken straight off the recording device; this particular footage was captured by Chase Robert who used a cell phone camera pointed at the TV screen to record it.
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