OCSO investigating random BB gun attacks

Photo: Rear window of a car reportedly damaged by a BB gun Courtesy: Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) is investigating a series of apparently random BB gun attacks that took place between 9:30 to 11 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20th. The shootings have targeted a car, a business, a bicyclist, and a pedestrian.

A vehicle parked at 656 North Beal Parkway had its rear window shot out. The victim says the shooter was in a Jeep with no doors.

An Exxon gas station at 659 Beal Parkway also had its window busted by BBs fired at around 10:15 p.m. The clerk was working behind the counter when he heard several objects hit and break the glass in the front window.

A 41-year old Fort Walton Beach man went to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center around 10:45 p.m. after he was struck just below the elbow with a BB while walking on Lovejoy Road.

He says he saw a Jeep with no doors and a roll bar pass by him just before he was hit.

And around the same timeframe, a 61-year-old Fort Walton Beach man riding his bike northbound on the side of North Beal Parkway says he heard a loud pop and saw a Jeep with no doors drive past. He heard several more loud pops before feeling something strike him in his right shoulder.

Deputies believe the Jeep involved may be green and/or yellow in color, possibly camouflage, with a soft top and removable doors.

As of Sunday, Oct. 22nd the OCSO has received another dozen reports of busted car windows in the Kenwood neighborhood off Mooney Road and the surrounding areas.

The total damage estimate from the most recent cases is approximately $10,000 and includes windows being shot out of two new BMWs at ZT Motors located at 1000 North Beal Parkway.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the OCSO at 850-651-7400 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 850-863-TIPS,, or by texting using the P3 Tips Mobile application.

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