Publish date:

Someone's been shooting a BB gun around Moorhead

Police are asking the public for help finding the vandals.

Authorities in Moorhead, Minnesota, are looking for suspects in a series of vandalism incidents involving what appears to be an air rifle.

The police department has received a number of recent reports of damage to bus shelters around the south side of the city, according to a Friday news release.

"The damage is consistent with someone using a BB gun and shooting out the glass windows of the shelters," the release says.

The vandalism has resulted in "several thousands of dollars of damage," though no injuries have been reported.

Police believe the apparent shootings happened during the late evening hours of October 16 into early October 17.

The department wants anyone with information on the vandalism spree to call Red River Dispatch Center at 701-451-7660 and ask to speak with the on-duty Moorhead police supervisor. 

BB gun laws in Minnesota

While BB guns are legal in Minnesota, it is illegal under state law to carry them in public places without good reason.

The language of state gun legislation includes BB guns under "rifles and shotguns" with regard to carrying firearms in public.

With a number of exceptions – including having a permit to carry, or simply transporting the gun lawfully from one place to another – doing so results in a gross misdemeanor. 

However, in 2016, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled a BB gun is not, by definition, a "firearm."

This decision overturned the conviction of David Haywood, who was busted for firearms possession when police pulled him over in 2013 and found him with an air pistol, supposedly in violation of his status as a convicted felon, the Pioneer Press reported

Next Up

Kirk Cousins

Kirk Cousins makes big donation to Vikings' social justice committee

The committee works on issues such as criminal justice reform, education and voter registration.

Meghan Roth Go Fund Me

Accomplished MN runner goes into cardiac arrest during Boston Marathon

Other racers jumped in to give the 34-year-old mother CPR, saving her life.

Flickr - Winston Smith memorial uptown June 4 - Chad Davis

Review reveals body cam video from aftermath of Winston Smith shooting

While no video of the shooting exists, an officer captured some video immediately afterward.

classroom mask

Parents object to Minneapolis Schools' 14-day COVID exposure quarantines

Other Twin Cities school districts do not have quarantine protocols quite as strict as in Minneapolis.

Pixabay - police lights, tape

Good Samaritan has car stolen while tending to man stabbed in neck

The thief then ran into the good Samaritan while driving off.

Screen Shot 2021-10-13 at 3.17.46 PM

Minnesota family learns their baby has extremely rare, fatal disease

The baby's mother is hoping to provide her son with the best life possible.

unsplash - water close-up

Sheriff: Human jaw bone found near Staples is 'ancient,' not recent

It was one of four bones found by a group of people over the summer.

Fargo sex offender grinder - north dakota site

Police: Armed sex offender wanders into 2 Fargo homes

Nobody was injured and the man was eventually located via a GPS ankle monitor.

Xcel Energy Center

Wild season opener Friday night isn't on regular TV

Friday's game is one of five games that will be streamed this season.

polar bear como zoo

Young polar bear joining the celebration at Como Zoo

The bear is part of a new Burr on Fur program that will help wild polar bears.

Gaffigan-foxworthy-side-by-side

Jim Gaffigan, Jeff Foxworthy recording MN shows for Netflix

The streaming giant will film their upcoming performances for future stand-up specials.

Giant Beaver fossil

Minnesotans vote for giant beaver to become official state fossil

The Science Museum held a vote, which the extinct, 200-pound beaver won.

Related

BB gun vandalism spree leaves trail of damage across St. Cloud

A teen thought to be involved has been identified, but police continue to investigate.

Police chief: 'Karma lurking' for those who vandalized veterans' memorial

Police asking for help finding the vandals who tagged the memorial with graffiti.

Screen Shot 2020-05-21 at 9.26.39 AM

Hunt for Moorhead suspect who evaded capture by fleeing across river

The Moorhead Police Department is seeking assistance locating Jeremiah Ard of Dent.

Screen Shot 2021-02-27 at 9.39.00 AM

Teen wounded in 'accidental shooting' in Moorhead

The 18-year-old was shot in the abdomen.

Thin Blue Line flag

'Thin Blue Line' flag stolen from memorial to fallen MN officer

Wabasha Co. authorities are asking the public for help finding it.

St. Paul hit and run

Surveillance photo shows suspect in St. Paul hit-and-run case

Police are asking the public for help identifying the man.