A homeless man told police that two teens with BB guns shot at him Tuesday afternoon in Volunteer Park along Janesville’s North Main Street.
No one was injured, and police apprehended the 16-year-olds.
The incident highlights problems that have arisen in the area in recent weeks.
Sgt. Chad Pearson said police have made arrests for open intoxicants and disorderly conduct for fights among some of the men who like to hang out in Volunteer and Firehouse parks, which are between Main Street and the river walk.
Littering also has been a problem, business owners have told police, and the men’s rough language has deterred others from using the parks, Pearson said.
Police have been focusing patrols on the area and making arrests.
The man who was shot at said the teens also shot at two river walk lights, leaving holes in what appear to be plastic panels that protect the lights.
Pearson said one of the teens was adamant that someone else did that damage.
The two boys apprehended around 2 p.m. Tuesday have caused trouble before, according to the man who was shot at, Tim “Catfish” Sincere.
“They come down here to mess with me. They do it to everybody,” Sincere told The Gazette.
Sincere was referring to other men in the area of the park.
Sincere said the harassment has been going on for some time, but this was the first time BB guns were used.
Sincere said one metal BB hit him in his shoe, and two others punctured his water bottle, which he said the boys targeted.
The teens admitted shooting at Sincere, Pearson said. They said they found the gun, which had its butt broken off, along the river, and they threw it in the river afterward.
Pearson said not all the men hanging out in the area are homeless, but they like to socialize in those parks.