IRVINE, CA (October 24, 2012): This afternoon, at approximately 2:15 p.m., Irvine Police Officers responded to a report of a school bus and a passenger vehicle being struck by “BB” projectiles in the area of Yale Avenue and Hicks Canyon. The report is the third of this type of activity, in the same area, in the past two days.
The first incident occurred on Monday, October 22, when two concrete workers at the intersection reported being struck by BBs in the morning. The workers did not sustain any injuries. The second incident occurred later that evening when a passenger vehicle was struck driving through the intersection. The vehicle sustained only paint damage.
This afternoon, two additional vehicles were struck at approximately the same time. The first was a passenger vehicle carrying two high school students and the second was a school bus carrying one special needs student. The two girls in the passenger vehicle were uninjured. The rear window of their vehicle was shattered. The window of the school bus door was shattered and the driver was struck in the chin causing a minor injury. The school bus driver declined medical treatment at the scene. The 17-year-old student on the bus was uninjured. The parents of all the students were notified and responded to the scene.
Responding officers quickly identified Paul Joseph Horn, an 18-year-old resident of Irvine, as the person responsible for shooting the vehicles and subjects with a BB air rifle from his backyard. Horn was booked at Orange County Jail for felony assault and vandalism and is being held in lieu of $100,000.00.
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