Paintball-shooting vandals put Virginia College campus on edge

Paintball-shooting vandals put Virginia College campus on edge

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One of the paintballs splattered on this sign, but students say that when they hit the windows, they sound like real gunfire. Source: WBRC video One of the paintballs splattered on this sign, but students say that when they hit the windows, they sound like real gunfire. Source: WBRC video
HOMEWOOD, AL (WBRC) -

Vandals are leaving their mark on Virginia College in Homewood and it's more than just an annoyance; it's frightening students.

"We hear the pounding on the glass," Timothy Murphy said.

Murphy, a cosmotology student, says two weeks ago his class was interrupted for the first time by that pounding, scaring students out of their seats.

"It sounds like real bullets. Everyone just hitting the deck or running. I got under a counter. Afterwards we learned it was a paintball," Murphy said.

And it's happened two more times since then. Someone is driving by the school at night and shooting a paintball gun at the doors and windows of the Student Cosmotology Services of Virginia College.

The mess has been cleaned up each time, but there's still some evidence left behind. The impact of one pellet left a small tear in the plastic on a sign. It could be some pranksters, but the students don't think it's funny.

"It's not funny. It's disturbing to me, it's very frightening with all the things going on at different schools," Murphy said.

"It's just kind of a quick thing. They're speeding out of the parking lot," Campus President Chris Moore said.

Moore says although somone may be doing this as a joke, he's taking it seriously. The school is taking precautions to catch whoever is behind this.

"We can't take anything too lightly. The most important thing is we are concerned, as always, for our student's and staff's safety," Moore said.

The school has hired more police officers and security guards to patrol the campus. Unfortunately for Murphy that isn't enough. He's left uneasy and wondering what the drive-by vandals will do next.

"Who's to say they won't get bored with that and try something more sinister," Murphy said.

Moore says he's working with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and Birmingham Police to catch the vandals. There's a lot of extra security on the campus and Moore believes it's a matter of time before someone is caught.

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