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BB gun attacks reported in Fredericksburg

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By KEITH EPPS

In separate incidents, a bicyclist and a sign being carried by a woman protesting President Obama were both shot with either a BB gun or a pellet gun over the weekend in Fredericksburg, police said.

City police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said a 27-year-old Stafford County man was riding his bike in the 800 block of Dixon Street near its intersection with the Blue and Gray Parkway about 8:30 p.m. Friday when a white Toyota, possibly a Corolla, drove up.

One of the passengers in the car fired a weapon and struck the man in the arm and in the hand. The car then continued south toward Spotsylvania County.

The man was not seriously injured. The car occupants were described only as young black males.

The next day, a 51-year-old Linden woman reported that she was holding a protest sign about 2:15 p.m. on Cowan Boulevard near the Interstate 95 overpass when someone drove by and shot the sign, leaving two holes in it. Bledsoe said a BB gun or a pellet gun appeared to be the weapon used in that incident as well.

The woman was facing away from traffic when she heard the shots and did not see who might have fired the weapon.

A third incident apparently involving the same type of weapon took place Friday night or Saturday morning at 2530 Espresso in the 400 block of Princess Anne Street. The owner showed up Saturday and found damage to a front window.

Anyone with information is asked to call city police at 373-3122.

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