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Man arrested after string of drive-by 'gel blaster' attacks on Adelaide pedestrians

Man arrested after string of drive-by 'gel blaster' attacks on Adelaide pedestrians
Several pedestrians have been injured in a string of gel blaster gun attacks across Adelaide's north.
An Evanston Gardens man has been arrested and charged over the alleged incidents, which saw at least three people targeted in drive-by attacks.
The first incident occurred on Navigator Drive at Northgate about 6.15pm on Monday, May 25.
A gel blaster is an imitation firearm that fires polymer water beads. (SAPOL)
Just minutes later, another pedestrian was targeted on Roberts Street in Lightsview, where the victim received an eye injury and had to seek medical treatment.
At 6.24pm, a third person was hit several times on The Strand.
9News has also spoken to another woman, Jess, who says she was targeted a similar time.
"It hit me just below the eye," she said.
"(It was a) really bizarre experience, but painful and like an electric shock as well."
The string of attacks happened soon after each other. (9News)
"I had an instant headache, and felt like my cheek was bleeding and I've had a headache, actually, ever since Monday night."
The 18-year-old man was charged with a string of serious offences, including aggravated assault causing harm.
Police allege when they searched his home, two shotguns, a rifle and a quantity of ammunition were uncovered.
They say prescription medication not belonging to him was also found.
This woman said it hit her just below the eye. (9News)
Superintendent Craig Wall of SA Police says using gel blasters in this manner can cause serious injury both physically and psychologically to victims.
"These matters are treated seriously by South Australia Police as these weapons look very realistic and it is very difficult to determine if they are real firearms or not," he said.
Police are hunting for another suspect, believed to the be the driver of a vehicle, involved in the incidents.
Officers say who may have been travelling in the above suburbs around this time, and has dashcam footage of a silver 2006 Holden Astra sedan with South Australian registration of XML686, should contact them.
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