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Woman shot with BB in South Medford

A woman was shot with a BB gun as she walked in a South Medford neighborhood late Thursday night, Medford police said.

Just past 11 p.m. Aug. 1, a dark-colored sedan stopped near Southern Oregon Head Start’s South Medford campus at 1531 S. Peach Street, where the 53-year-old woman was walking.

She heard a pop and felt pain and blood on her arm, as the vehicle sped southward on Peach Street, according to a news release from Medford police.

The victim, whom police did not name, sought medical treatment at a hospital, where an x-ray confirmed that a BB was lodged in her arm, said Medford Police Lt. Mike Budreau,

Budreau said that while it’s not uncommon for BB guns to be used in criminal activity, the nature of the attack — a random drive-by shooting — has police believing that suspects may be juveniles.

BB guns are still a serious threat, Budreau said,

“They could cause serious injury, lifelong disfigurement, as well as the emotional distress of being a victim of an attack like that,” he said.

Any suspects would face felony assault charges if caught, according to the news release.

The sedan type and exact color is unknown; the victim also told police that the license plates were blue pieces of paper, similar to what recently sold cars leave a sales lot with.

Anyone with information or surveillance footage from the area is asked to call dispatch at 541-770-4783.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Kaylee Tornay at ktornay@rosebudmedia.com or 541-776-4497. Follow her on Twitter @ka_tornay.

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