Submitted by Howard B. Owens on July 29, 2014 - 10:08pm
As families left a lunchtime soup kitchen at the Assembly of God Church on North Spruce Street this afternoon, an unknown person apparently fired BBs at them.
The thwack of a BB against the siding of a building got everybody's attention and then after another shot, a BB was seen on the ground.
One BB narrowly missed a child, the child's mother said.
Police were called and a canvass of the area failed to produce a suspect. The shots were believed fired from a neighboring apartment complex.
"I don't know the motivation," said Sgt. Dan Coffey. "I don't know why somebody would decide to shoot BBs in the direction of a church, let alone the people standing outside near it. I couldn't speculate on that at this point."
The building wall showed clear evidence of at least one BB's impact.
Valerie White and Daniel Orlando said their little was almost struck by one of the shots as she was sitting in her stroller. The couple and their two children, ages 3 and 5, were outside talking with another family and their kids when the incident occurred just before noon today.
"All the sudden we hear two ping, pings hitting the side of the building," White said. "We're looking around to see what's going on. It sounded like little stones hitting the building. Somebody noticed it was a BB coming toward us and we looked on the ground and there was a BB on the ground and there was a hole in the building. One just missed our daughter."
Orlando held up two fingers an inch apart and said, "it was probably this close."
Coffey said the weapon could either be CO2-powered or a pump-style BB gun.
The suspects, if identified, are looking at possible reckless endangerment and criminal mischief charges.
Anyone with any information can contact the Batavia Police at 585-345-6350.
Original reporting for this story by Alecia Kaus/Video News Service.