33 cars damaged in drive-by pellet gun attack in Costa Mesa


At least 33 cars in an Orange County neighborhood were damaged when an apparent vandal went on a shooting rampage with a BB gun early Tuesday, police said.

Costa Mesa police officers who arrived about 3:30 a.m. found that about a dozen cars had been damaged by gunfire.

Throughout the morning, more reports came in about vehicles with broken windows, authorities said.


“It was mainly windows shot out, using apparently a BB gun,” Lt. Vic Bakkila said.

The damage stretched along Flamingo Drive, Mandarin Drive, Goldeneye Place, Mallard Drive, Pelican Place and Albatross Drive, authorities said.

A house on Pelican Place also was hit, Bakkila said.

Investigators believe the shots were fired from a car cruising through the area, Lt. Greg Scott said.

Police are working to identify all the victims. A damage estimate wasn’t immediately available.

Police asked that anyone with information about the case call investigators at (714) 754-5637.

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