Tyler Man Is Shot Several Times With A BB Gun

An East Texas man is randomly shot several times with a BB gun, a situation police say is not taken lightly.   Around 11:00 p.m. Tuesday police say a Tyler man was shot in the back and forehead for no reason.

Nam Park, 55 has lived in Hidden Springs Apartments for 2 1/2 years. In that time, he says no one has ever bothered him, that is until last night when he pulled into the apartment parking lot.

"I take the groceries out of my trunk in my car and somebody passing by in car is shooting my back about three or four times," said Nam Park, shot several times with BB gun. "I thought somebody playing around, and I turned around and looking at him and he shoot me in my head." Park says he tried to chase the car down, but the driver took off. A man standing nearby saw the shooting and called police.

"I got lucky," said Park. "I could have gotten hit in the eye or a real gun shoot me. Main reason I got mad is because why shoot me in the parking lot like that with a BB gun or whatever you got. It's ugly." Tyler police say BB guns are more dangerous today than they used to be because they are higher powered.

"It's construed as a weapon," said Officer Don Martin, Tyler Police Department. "It's used in that type of manner where you are striking someone. If a BB would hit you in the temple at a high rate of speed it could actually kill you. It's not something that is considered lightly." Park says he just wants the shootings to stop before something worse happens.

"No more," said Park. "Just me. That's the end of it. You just can't play around like this. You think it's funny, but you can't do no more." Police say they are not sure how many people were in the car the shooting came from. They car is described as a blue four door Buick. If you have any information call Tyler police.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com