Wilmington man blinded by paintball attack

Wilmington man blinded by paintball attack

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A man was blinded during a paintball attack earlier this month.

According to a police report, Jared Cull said he was riding his bike on Princess Place Drive when a large group started to follow him. When he turned around to see if they were still there, they shot him with a paintball gun.

The paintball severely injured Cull. Days after the attack, he is blind in the left eye.

His doctors told him it will take multiple surgeries to get his vision correct but even then, he may never get it back. His doctors explained the lens in his eye is gone and his optic nerve has disappeared.

"I might not be able to ever get it completely correct again but you know you got to have faith," Cull said, pointing to his cross tattoo and Philippians 4:13. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

According to the Wilmington Police Department report, the case is inactive, meaning the police do not have many leads to suspects.

Cull is hoping by sharing his experience, he can warn others to be on the lookout for the random attacks.

"If you're on foot or on a bike, go in a group. Don't go by yourself," Cull warns.

Cull will start his first round of surgery Monday.

Anyone with information about the paintball attackers is asked to contact the Wilmington Police Department 910-343-3609 or anonymously Text-A-Tip to CRIMES start your message with Tip708 then type your tip.

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