At least 4 people hit with airsoft pellets in Ahwatukee drive-by

Posted: Updated:
12-year-old boy struck by air-soft BB. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5 News) 12-year-old boy struck by air-soft BB. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5 News)
Katy Proctor says her son was hit by an air-soft BB while eating ice cream. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5 News) Katy Proctor says her son was hit by an air-soft BB while eating ice cream. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5 News)
Andy's Frozen Custard manager Jacob Ruedas heard the 'pop pop pop' sound of the shooting. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5 News) Andy's Frozen Custard manager Jacob Ruedas heard the 'pop pop pop' sound of the shooting. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5 News)
AHWATUKEE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

A 12-year-old boy was at an ice cream shop in Ahwatukee over the weekend when he was hit in the head with an airsoft BB pellet. At least three other people were hit, and whoever did this still hasn't been caught.

"He was just sitting there with his grandma, eating ice cream, when someone came by and opened fire with a pellet gun on everybody outside," said Katy Proctor. She said her son was just sitting on an outdoor bench at Andy's Frozen Custard Saturday night around 11. He never saw it coming.

"Two inches and he could've lost his eye," Proctor said. "He's a hockey player and he has dreams of being an Air Force pilot, so that would've ended so many of his dreams in one night."

Police tell us someone in a black or dark-colored passenger car fired airsoft BB projectiles, hitting three people at the shop, and shattering a window. Proctor's  pictures show us that pellet left a mark on her son.

"We're so incredibly thankful he wasn't injured more physically" Proctor said. "I think emotionally, it's going to take him a while to get over this."

"It sounded like a pop of a CO2 tank and the glass shattered while I was watching," said Andy's Frozen Custard manager Jacob Ruedas. He was working when it happened, and he found airsoft pellets on the ground. Police said a bicyclist around the corner was also hit.

"What if it was something that wasn’t an airsoft gun and they weren’t able to find them?" Ruedas asked.

Proctor said she hopes parents talk to their kids about the consequences of one bad choice.

"If nothing else, I hope that person realizes how profoundly those actions could have altered the course of my son's life," she said.

If you know anything, call Phoenix Police.

Click/tap here to download the free azfamily mobile app.

Copyright 2018 KPHO/KTVK (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.


Lindsey ReiserLindsey Reiser is a Scottsdale native and an award-winning multimedia journalist.

Click to learn more about Lindsey

Lindsey Reiser

Lindsey returned to the Valley in 2010 after covering border and immigration issues in El Paso, TX. While in El Paso she investigated public corruption, uncovered poor business practices, and routinely reported on the violence across the border.

Lindsey feels honored to have several awards under her belt, including a Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award, Hearst Journalist Award, and several National Broadcast Education Association Awards.

Lindsey is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, and she currently serves as a mentor to journalism students. She studied for a semester in Alicante, Spain and also earned a degree in Spanish at ASU.

She is proud to serve as a member of United Blood Services’ Community Leadership Council, a volunteer advisory board for the UBS of Arizona.

Hide bio