Teen, police caution about gel pellet gun use after multiple recent issues

May 27, 2022, 11:52 PM | Updated: Jun 7, 2022, 2:57 pm

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah — It may be a child’s toy, but it can lead to some very adult consequences.

Orbeez gel pellet guns are in the crosshairs of South Jordan police, who say the pellets are being fired off in public places and causing some real problems.

The department said in a Facebook post Thursday that it had experienced “multiple issues” recently, including Orbeez gun fights and random people being shot by Orbeez.

The post said officers would be increasing patrols in the area of The District in particular, and noted an ordinance restricting the use of air guns and Orbeez gel pellet guns, stating that those gun users could be held criminally or civilly liable.

“Some of these incidents are dispatched as priority 1 emergencies as they look like a fight or robbery,” the post stated. “If you have kids who frequent this area, please talk to them about the dangers with this type of behavior.”

Gel pellet strikes can leave damage to property and to people.

A 15-year-old girl who did not want to be identified over safety fears told KSL TV she was part of a group Saturday night at Daybreak that was targeted by shooters using gel pellet guns.

She said at around 10 p.m., east of the lake area, she was with a group of roughly 15 teens that suddenly came under fire from occupants of a red car.

“They just came by and started shooting at us,” the girl said. “Once everybody started getting hurt and stuff, they drove off super fast.”

The teen said multiple friends were shot with the pellets during the encounter. She said one friend was shot in the eye and had to go to the hospital.

Even almost a week later, she said the friend was still experiencing side effects.

“I just think people just do it for fun to get a reaction out of people, but it’s not funny because once somebody gets hurt, it could ruin their life,” she said.

The teen said she had been nervous to go out in public since the shooting.

“I’m like paranoid about it and I just like don’t know when something could happen,” she said.

The girl’s family said police were working on some leads related to the description of the vehicle.

She said she hoped those responsible would reconsider their actions.

“Going around and shooting other teenagers for fun, like, you could do anything else,” the teen said.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

JR Johansen with his Uvalde portraits...
Dan Rascon

Utah artist delivers portraits to families of Uvalde shooting victims

A Utah artist recently took a life-changing trip to a small Texas town to make a special delivery for residents who are still recovering from a horrific mass shooting.
23 hours ago
Handcuffs in a jail cell FILE PHOTO (Ravell Call/Deseret News)...
Pat Reavy

Four teens looking for rival gang members charged in connection with triple killing at party

Four teen boys have been charged in connection with a gang-related shooting at a house party in West Jordan last year that left three people dead.
23 hours ago
A side by side of the two photos. (KSL-TV)...
Lauren Steinbrecher

Utah woman’s engagement photo pays tribute to grandmother’s love story at Bryce Canyon National Park

A Utah couple's engagement photo recreating the bride-to-be's grandparents at Bryce Canyon National Park 63 years later is going viral, with a beautiful love story behind it.
23 hours ago
Railroad crossing safety...
Katija Stjepovic

Bill to make Utah railroad crossings safer advances in House

As the beehive state continues to grow, more people are commuting, whether by car, train, or foot, we have seen more collisions on Utah`s railroads.
23 hours ago
The Provo Airport is beyond capacity, and plans are being made for increased service and more growt...
Alex Cabrero

New Provo Airport discussing expansion after year of rapid growth

A new airport in Provo is already at capacity and continually growing -- discussions of expanding and additional service are already underway.
23 hours ago
Inversion over Salt Lake City...
Jed Boal

UTA free fare year proposed to improve Utah’s air quality

The bipartisan Utah Legislative Clean Air Caucus unveiled several bills and appropriations Tuesday aimed at improving air quality in Utah.  
23 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

vintage photo of lighting showroom featuring chandeliers, lamps, wall lights and mirrors...
Lighting Design

History of Lighting Design | Over 25 Years of Providing Utah With the Latest Trends and Styles

Read about the history of Lighting Design, a family-owned and operated business that paved the way for the lighting industry in Utah.
Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 Reasons You May Want to Consider Apartment Life Over Owning a Home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Teen, police caution about gel pellet gun use after multiple recent issues