In a statement late Wednesday, York County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Trent Faris said the gun believed to be involved in the vandalism was an air rifle pellet gun, not a .22 caliber firearm.
Over the weekend, Deputies say a vandal or vandals left behind $1,700 in damage to three vehicles. A Sheriff’s Office report said there, “were small dents…where the projectiles hit the vehicle but did not penetrate.”
Faris said some area media erroneously reported the type of gun used in the incident, characterizing the crimes as “a serial sniper” on the loose in Fort Mill.
Those reports ,”brought unnecessary distress to some of your viewers,” Faris said in e-mail advisory to the media.
“There is no danger to the public and if you have any information that could assist detectives about this case you’re asked to contact Crime Stoppers of York County,” Faris said.
FARIS’ FULL STATEMENT IS PRINTED BELOW
ADVISORY FOR FORT MILL AREA: The York County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a case of Malicious Damage to Personal Property off Hensley Road in Fort Mill.
I sent the incident report this morning in my morning media report.
The incident is reported to be a person shooting cars with an air rifle pellet gun. The gun is believed to be an air rifle pellet gun, NOT a .22 caliber fire arm rifle as some media outlets are reporting.
Detectives are diligently working to discover who committed these crimes, but there IS NOT, as one media outlet reported tonight “a serial sniper” on the loose in Fort Mill, which brought unnecessary distress to some of your viewers.
There is no danger to the public and if you have any information that could assist detectives about this case you’re asked to contact Crime Stoppers of York County at 1-877-409-4321.