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Man walking on Rider University campus hit by water-filled projectile

Police investigating similar incident at Quaker Bridge Mall

A 19-year-old Hamilton Township man is facing multiple weapons offenses for allegedly firing a toy gun containing water-filled projectiles that struck another man on the Rider University campus June 26, according to the Lawrence Township Police Department.

The suspect was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, unlawful possession of a weapon on an educational institution, possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes and simple assault (negligent cause of bodily harm), police said.

The victim was walking on campus when a car drove past him and fired a weapon toward him around 10 a.m. June 26, police said. A projectile struck him on the right temple, causing minor pain and discomfort, police said.

Police located the vehicle and its occupants a short time later on campus. A plastic camouflage toy gun that fires water-filled projectiles was recovered, along with a BB gun and an extendable baton, police said.

The suspect was taken to the Mercer County Correction Center, awaiting a detention hearing.

Police are also investigating a similar incident that occurred in the Quaker Bridge Mall parking lot near the upper level of Macy’s on June 23 around 8:15 p.m.

Anyone with information about the incidents at Rider University and the Quaker Bridge Mall is asked to contact police Detective James Steimle at 609-844-7135 or by email to jsteimle@lawrencetwp.com.

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