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'I want them to learn a lesson': Homeless man attacked by teens with paintball gun

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By GABE COHEN, KOMO

LYNNWOOD, Wash. (CIRCA via KOMO) — A homeless man allegedly attacked by four teenagers with a paintball gun is sharing his story for the first time.

Tim Timmerman was walking to work late Saturday night when he noticed a dark car parked just off the sidewalk in a church parking lot.

“They rolled down the windows and said, ‘Hey buddy,’” Timmerman told Circa partner KOMO. “And then just opened fire. They started shooting at me. I didn’t know what was going on.”

A barrage of paintballs flew at Timmerman, bursting across his face and neck. He gasped for air, unsure if those were bullets flying his way.

He turned and ran. He could feel the paint on his skin. He thought it was blood.

“I feared for my life,” he said. “Until you experience something like that, you never really know what to expect. I was scared.”

Fortunately, he spotted a Lynnwood police officer and ran to him for help. Another officer soon stopped a nearby car matching Timmerman’s description.

Inside the car the officer found four teenage boys and a paintball gun. All four were later arrested and charged with assault.

The boys were specifically looking for a homeless person to target, according to court documents. Police say the boy who fired the shots began smirking as if the incident were a joke and said, “he shot a guy in the face,” court documents say.

Timmerman is still bruised and sore, and wonders why anyone would hurt someone just for fun.

“I want them to learn a lesson,” he said. “Don’t be doing stupid things.”

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