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Arrests Made in Air Gun Drive By Shooting Case

Todd PittengerMarch 18, 2022

Salina Police have made a couple of arrests in connection with a recent drive by shooting involving an air-gun which they describe as inspired by the TikTok social media platform. The crime was this week’s Salina Crime Stoppers crime of the week.

Police say Tuesday of this week at approximately 11:48 am, a person working with a crew in the 200 block of South Santa Fe contacted the agency to report she had been shot with a BB gun.

The victim described the suspect vehicle as a white Dodge Ram four-door pickup and provided a partial tag number. Additionally, the victim believed three young white males were in the vehicle at the time of the incident.

On Friday, by using the partial tag number, Salina Police Detectives were able to locate the white Dodge Ram pickup in the 700 block of South Ninth Street. The detectives were able to locate two individuals associated with the shooting and the vehicle. Those two subjects were taken to the Salina Police Department for questioning.

Detectives learned the suspect’s actions might be associated with a TikTok “Orbeez Challenge” on social media involving gel or water beads fired from airsoft-type guns. This challenge encourages participants to use airsoft-type guns which shoot gel or water beads at pedestrians. This social media challenge is apparently a nation-wide phenomenon and has resulted in injuries.

The following individuals will be referred to the Saline County Attorney’s Office and the Salina
Municipal Prosecutor’s Office for charges.

  • 17-year-old Zachary S. Forgue, 736 S. Ninth Street
    Aggravated Assault (District Court Juvenile Charge)
    Battery (District Court Juvenile Charge)
  •  18-year-old Lucas E. Burleson, 736 S. 9th Street
    Unlawful Discharge of an Air Gun within the city limits (Municipal Charge)

There is a third subject involved in this incident. Once they are identified, that person will be interviewed and may be subject to charges.

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