CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Police said dozens of car windows have been shot at within the past few weeks by a person or people driving around with a pellet gun.
The suspects have targeted vehicles in Charleston and South Charleston.
About 12 or 15 people have reported their car windows shot out since Tuesday morning, said Charleston Police Sgt. Eric Hodges.
"We had a bunch last night but they could have happened before because people didn't find them until later," Hodges said. "Within the last three weeks we've seen close to 50 incidents."
The shots appear to be made at random late at night or in the early morning hours. They produce small pea-sized holes and sometimes shatter the glass completely.
Hodges believes the suspects are firing the pellet guns or BB guns from a vehicle and then driving away. Multiple suspects are possibly involved.
Patrolman Steve Miller of the South Charleston Police Department said eight cars had windows shot out in the 800 block of Montrose Drive, and one woman had a window shot out in her home. The incidents happened sometime before 6:30 a.m. Thursday.
"From what it looks like it was a pellet gun, [or] a BB gun," Miller said.
Miller said he's heard the reports of windows being shot out scattered around the Kanawha Valley.
"It wasn't just an isolated incident in our city," he said.