A masked man broke the windows of a state agriculture van by shooting at the vehicle while the driver was inside it early Friday.
According to Sheriff's sergeant Amy Brown, the driver of the van was driving on Olive Hill Road, and about to turn onto Elm Street when an individual dressed in dark clothes, a mask and backwards baseball cap ran out of the bushes and shot at the vehicle at approximately 10:30 a.m. before running from the scene.
The driver, who was uninjured by the attack, told responding authorities that he believed the attacker used a paintball gun to shoot at him because of the long barrel on the weapon; however Brown suspects the assailant used a hand gun because there was no visible air tank on the weapon.
Deputies responding to the scene immediately searched the perimeter with the assistance of the ASTREA helicopter and a K-9 unit, but the suspect was not found.
“It may be possible that he broke the perimeter before [deputies] arrived on scene,” said Brown.
While there are no leads on the case at the moment, Brown said Sheriff's detectives are being given the case for further investigation.
A masked man broke the windows of a state agriculture van -- possibly with a paint-ball gun -- while the driver was inside it on a rural North County street today, a sheriff's official reported.
The non-injury shooting on Olive Hill Road in Fallbrook was reported shortly after 10:30 a.m., Lt. Hope Andrews said.
The victim said the attacker ran up alongside the van and shot some type of gun into the passenger window, breaking it, Andrews said. The projectile passed through the cab and blew out the driver's side window as well.
The shooter then ran to the west, through a patch of brush. Deputies searched the area but made no immediate arrests, the lieutenant said.
One deputy said he believed the assailant may have fired a paint-ball gun, according to Andrews.