New Brunswick has had a little bit of trouble revolving around pellet guns recently as yet another incident of pellet gun’s being fired on the street was reported this past weekend near Rutgers University not only is this situation dangerous it has caused incidents of people losing their life, thus why The Rutgers University Police Department made a statement regarding this issue.
This isn’t the first incident within New Brunswick as several have been reported over the last few months, though for this specific one it happened around 1 pm when a male in a group walking near the intersection of Mine Street and Easton Avenue opened fire using the gel-based pellet gun hitting another civilian who walking along the street, before fleeing.
Luckily the victim did not sustain physical injury and when asked by the first responder refused to get medical treatment, however, he was associated with Rutgers University according to the report was okay, though this is still a sad thing to see so close to home. According to police this incident is unlikely to be linked to the others reported since the first time in mid-March, however, it may still be a part of the TikTok trend titled ‘Orbeez Challenge’ which has seen young adults making videos of them shooting these gel toys at each other. Some have taken this as a sign to use the gel weapons while driving which is not only a risk to them but puts innocent civilians at risk.
In all reality when used correctly these are just toys, but incidents like these cause problems for the local community to a point where it is no longer a game. Thus, why the New Brunswick Police Department asks that anyone with information, or who may have been in the area at the time, contact the NBPD’s Detective Bureau at 732-745-5200. Meanwhile, the TikTok hashtag has nearly half a million views with mixed reactions in the comments. Remember to stay safe and not follow potentially dangerous trends such as this one.