Projectile shatters windshield of SUV at Park City intersection
July 13, 2012
Someone shot a sport utility vehicle with an unknown projectile last Sunday, the Park City Police Department said, continuing a string of similar cases involving vehicles or windows on buildings in or close to the city.
The police received the report at 9:39 p.m. from someone on Holiday Ranch Loop Road. The person was in a Toyota Highlander, according to police logs. The logs indicated the projectile hit the windshield. Nobody was injured and the person who reported the case was unsure where the shooter was located, the police said.
The police logs initially classified the incident as criminal mischief, a category of crime that covers a wide range of vandalism cases.
Rick Ryan, a police captain, said the driver, a 17-year-old man who lives in Park City, was turning from southbound Park Avenue onto Holiday Ranch Loop Road. Police logs indicated the vehicle was stopped at the time it was hit.
The driver heard a loud noise he believed to be fireworks or a car speaker and then saw that the front windshield had been shattered, Ryan said.
The driver told the police he did not see anybody and there were no vehicles nearby. The police did not find the projectile that hit the vehicle.
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"It seems consistent with the other damage we’ve been having with windows and vehicles," Ryan said.
In the other cases, the police said the perpetrators used marbles shot with a slingshot or a wrist rocket.
The other cases have included:
The police have said approximately six buildings or vehicles had been targeted in the past four-plus months. Other buildings have included a bank and a hotel.
"We’re anxious to get them," Ryan said, adding that there is the danger of the shooter causing an accident when a moving vehicle is hit.
Ryan said the Police Department does not have leads.
A real estate firm and two banks targeted earlier posted a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible.
People who have information may contact the Police Department at 615-5500 or the department’s anonymous-tip line, 615-5847. The police also offer an online tip form on City Hall website, http://www.parkcity.org. Select the ‘City Directory’ option under the ‘Government’ button and then select ‘Police.’ Choose ‘Crime Reports – TipSoft’ and then the http://www.tipsubmit.com link at the bottom of the page. The direct link is: https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=994 .