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CHARLESTON (JG-TC) -- Three men with both Charleston and Chicago residency were arrested after allegedly shooting paintball guns at “unsuspecting pedestrians” on Saturday, according to city police.

Charleston police report that they discovered the suspects -- Jonas J. Hall, 20, Jacob J. Myers, 19, and Javauris L. Montgomery, 19 -- after investigating a report of shots fired that was called in at approximately 7:49 p.m. Saturday. The shots reportedly were heard in the area of the 900 block of Sixth Street.

Six victims, three who were under the age of 18, came forward and reported shooting incidents in the 600 block of Ninth Street and the 2100 block of Fourth Street, police reported.

According to police, it was confirmed the weapons in question were air-powered paintball guns and not actual firearms.

The three were arrested for multiple counts of aggravated battery and disorderly conduct for the incident. Hall has an additional charge of obstructing justice for providing police with a false name, police stated.

Anyone with information on this matter is asked to contact the Charleston Police Department.

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Jarad Jarmon is a reporter for the JG-TC. He covers the city of Charleston, Eastern Illinois University, Mattoon schools and the Regional Office of Education.

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