Given the risk of creating confusing situations that could have a fatal outcome, the City of Washington Police Department is asking parents to tell their kids to stop playing a game called ‘Assassin,’ which involves the use of BB guns.
Pennsylvania kids are playing the dangerous game making drive-by shootings with BB guns, extremely similar to real weapons.
According to The New York Post, Police in Washington, about 25-miles outside of Pittsburgh, posted the warning as they shared a photo of a realistic-looking BB gun recently taken by an officer after reports they were waving a real handgun out of a car.
Police officers said they had received a call regarding a group of males who were waving what looked like a real gun out of a moving vehicle.
Officers informed they stopped the vehicle and recovered a BB gun, a picture of which they posted on their Facebook page. The officer drew his service weapon on the four males and put them all in handcuffs before finding the BB gun, WPXI-TV said.
“It has been brought to our attention that kids in Washington are playing a game called ‘Assassin,’” the Police Department wrote on Facebook. “They are driving around town and shooting each other.”
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The department warned that these BB guns look real and urged parents to talk to their kids about the dangers of this game.
“Please talk to your kids about this and tell them not to play this ‘game,’” the department wrote. “It causes very dangerous situations.”
A local mom also told the station that her 13-year-old son was hit in the leg by a ballbearing shot from a passing vehicle.
A BB gun is a type of air gun designed to shoot metallic ball projectiles called BBs which are approximately the same size as BB-size lead birdshot (0.180 in or 4.6 mm in diameter).
The Washington School District also told WPXI-TV that “the situation involving the game ‘Assassin’ is currently under investigation.”