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Waukegan police warn of pellet gun attacks on women

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Waukegan police are investigating multiple incidents of BB/pellet gun attacks which took place earlier this month.

In two of the incidents, witnesses reported seeing a white vehicle leaving the scene. In all six cases, the victims were out in public close to a street or at an intersection.

So far five women and one man have been hit, but police believe that women are the intended targets of these attacks. One of the female victims was pregnant.

If you get shot by a pellet gun, Waukegan Police Commander Joe Florip says you "would either feel a stinging sensation or feel a striking sensation" and notice that you are "bleeding or had been struck by an object."

Residents who often walk around the area say they will be more aware.

"That's scary," resident Andriesha Watson says. "It makes me not even want to go outside, honestly."

"Absolutely, I'm going to be more visual and vigilant as far as looking around at my surroundings," says resident Jacqueline Mitchell.

The Waukegan Police Department is encouraging all citizens to be alert and report any suspicious activity to our Communications Center at (847) 599-2608.

If anyone has specific information regarding these attacks, call the Investigations Division Tip Line at (847) 360-9001. All callers can remain anonymous if they so choose; or they can leave contact information for a possible cash reward.

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