November 18, 2016
The number of window shootings in Carroll has doubled each month since July, and the reports of five more on Wednesday puts this month on track to double again.
November is a little more than halfway done, but its shootings now equal what was reported in October.
Those struck on Wednesday include three vehicles in the parking lots of Burger King and Kmart, in the 700 block of U.S. Highway 30 West.
It was the second time that the Central Church youth club — which is located near Kmart — or its members were the victims of the shootings. Two vehicles belonged to Central members, including Carroll Community School Board member Jon Sampson.
The youth club itself was hit last month.
“I’d seen first-hand the damage done by these incidents — at the 712 Youth Center — but it didn’t really hit home until my car was hit,” Sampson said. “The sad thing is, there are over 40 other people who have been personally affected by this.”
Wednesday’s shootings bring the total number of reports to 47. There were two in July, four in August, eight in September and 17 in October.
Police officers believe someone is using a carbon-dioxide-powered gun to shoot the windows because the damage — often shattered windows — is too severe to have been caused by a simpler BB gun.
Central Church has offered $1,500 as a reward for information that leads to an arrest in the shootings. The police department has offered $500.
Police Chief Brad Burke could not be reached to comment today for this article. He has said publicly that his department is getting closer to cracking the case.
The shootings have happened all over town and appear to be random, Burke has said.
Those with information about the crimes can call the police department at (712) 792-3536.