Teens Arrested for Allegedly Shooting Man in the Face with Paintball Gun
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Looking at Andy Hampton face to face you pretty much see the pain he’s going through.
“It hurts to do anything but cover my eye, and that hurts too,” said Hampton.
His left eye is permanently damaged and he’s still bothered by the bruising.
“As of right now I can’t really see anything on the left side of me. Anything out of the left side is extremely fuzzy,” said Hampton. “There’s multiple hemorrhages behind my eyeball.”
Saturday Hampton was driving home from work. He was at the intersection of Highways 31 and 19 in Brockport when he noticed the car next to him.
“I looked over and saw a car I looked back and didn’t think anything of it,” said Hampton.
Hampton says as soon as the light turned green he was hit in the eye with a paintball gun. He managed to drive a short ways to pull over to call his family and police for help.
“I knew I couldn’t see right away,” said Hampton.
According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s department a witness at the Brockport intersection saw the incident and got the license plate off the car the suspects were riding in. He called police and hours later they were caught.
“I just hope they realize the damage they caused and the legal system will prevail,” said Tracy Damato, Hampton’s mother.
Police arrested 17-year olds Daniel Martinez and Nathanial Gutske. They are charged with assault in the second degree and reckless endangerment. Authorities say they admitted to shooting numerous houses, cars and people over the last several days.
“It’s all fun and games until someone loses and eye,” said Hampton.
Andy’s family is encouraging others who may have been victims to come forward.
“We are relieved because we have been really stressed out just knowing somebody is out there doing this,” said Mark Damato.
As for Hampton this is painful lesson he hopes they’ll learn.
“I hope they get what is coming to them as far as the justice system,” said Hampton.