CONCORD — Chief Joseph O’Connor reports that the Concord Police Department received a report today from a third person who told police she was struck by a pellet yesterday afternoon.
A woman reported to Concord Police that at around 3:10 p.m. Friday, March 18, she was at Emerson Field when three white male teens in a newer dark-colored SUV drove toward her as she was putting a baby in her vehicle.
As the SUV drove past, the woman was struck with what was believed to be a pellet. The woman told police that the pellet caused her pain and redness. The baby was not struck or injured.
Two of the teens in the vehicle had been seen in the area of the basketball court shortly before the incident occurred.
The report follows two similar incidents in town yesterday on Sudbury Road where individuals reported being struck by a projectile believed to be a pellet.
Concord Police believe that these incidents are all related and could be part of a recent TikTok trend called the “Orbeez Challenge,” where small circular water gel pellets are shot from air-powered pellet guns at people or property.
Chief O’Connor is asking anyone with information about these incidents to come forward.
“We believe that others may know the males involved and we ask witnesses or anyone with information to come forward,” Chief O’Connor said. “We also encourage those involved to accept responsibility for their actions and contact our department.”
Anyone else who was struck with a pellet yesterday or has information about these incidents is asked to call the police at 978-318-3400, or to call the Concord Police anonymous tip line at 978-318-3407.