10 p.m., June 14)
facility offers reward for player who used marbles for
By Fred Sherwin
owners of Commando Paintball on Dunning Road is asking
for the public's help in finding out the identity of a
person who replaced paintballs with marbles during a visit
to the facility on Sunday afternoon.
to co-owner Marie Longtin, someone used the hard, solid
projectiles during the 7th annual Tippmann Challenge,
which attracted over a 1,000 players to the 16 hectare
players reported being hit by the marbles which can cause
serious injury when fired at close range and strike an
unprotected part of the body. One of the players was fortunately
wearing a chest protector when he was struck in the upper
body and the other player was hit in the shoulder which
caused his skin to break and left a large bruise.
two incidents happened in the same area of play shortly
before 2 p.m. As soon as the referee assigned to the game
suspected marbles were being used he stopped the game
immediately and ordered everyone to stay in place. Several
staff members then checked the players' hoppers which
feed the ammo into the guns, but no more marbles were
tournament was suspended and pleyers were given refunds
for unused ammo. The orgainizers also called in the Ottawa
Police to help find out the origin of the marbles and
analyze video taken during the game.
use of a foreign object such as a marble in a paintball
gun, also known as a marker, turns it into an illegal
weapon, and as such, anyone who does so is subject to
order to try and learn the identity of the culprit in
question, Longtin and her partner David Pitts are offering
a $1,500 reward, They have also released a statement on
social media explaining what happened and the steps they
plan to take in the future to protect legitimate players.
Paintball and its staff members do not take this kind
of situation lightly. We are a family-oriented and family-operated
business and the well-being and safety of our players
if our top priority," the statement reads.
forward we will be taking extra precautions, before and
during the game to avoid reoccurrence of such (an) event.
We will also have a police presence on site."
owners also had some strong language to describe the person
who did it.
no mistake, when you use a paintball marker as a weapon...
it makes you a absolute horrible person with no regards
for player safety or the extreme amount of work that goes
into an event of this size."
an interview with the CBC, Longtin said the incident was
the first time in the facility's 30 year history that
someone has used marbles on site during a game or otherwise.
should never, ever happen. (Paintball enthusiasts) are
great people and they love the sport, and one bozo is
trying to ruin it all," sais Longtin.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
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