Pasco man fired paintball gun into car in Carrollwood, deputies say

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help finding Orlando Proenza Jr.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Orlando Proenza Jr., who deputies say fired multiple shots from a paintball gun into a motor vehicle Tuesday in Carrollwood. Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
An arrest warrant has been issued for Orlando Proenza Jr., who deputies say fired multiple shots from a paintball gun into a motor vehicle Tuesday in Carrollwood. Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
Published October 17
Updated October 17

TAMPA ― An 18-year-old Pasco County man is wanted for firing multiple shots from a paintball gun into a vehicle in the Carrollwood area on Tuesday, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

Orlando Proenza Jr. pulled up next to another vehicle at about 12:30 p.m. near the intersection of Casey Road and Lowell Road near the Carrollwood Cultural Center, deputies said, and started firing the paintball gun into an open window before driving off.

One person in the other vehicle suffered minor injuries. An arrest warrant has been issued for Proenza.

Orlando Proenza Jr., was driving a white Toyota Corolla similar to the one in this picture. Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
Orlando Proenza Jr., was driving a white Toyota Corolla similar to the one in this picture. Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

“No one driving on our roads in Hillsborough County should be in fear of becoming target practice for some prankster,” Hillsborough Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a statement.

“Shooting at innocent people with a paintball gun is not funny, and someone could have been seriously injured. To anyone who would consider committing a similar act, be on notice, we’re not going to tolerate this.”

Proenza, who deputies believe lives in Hudson, was driving a white 2019 Toyota Corolla with tinted windows and Florida tag LKT96.

The Sheriff’s Office asks that anyone with information about Proenza’s whereabouts to call the agency at (813) 247-8200. Anyone who wishes to be eligible for a cash reward and remain anonymous can call Crimestoppers at 1–800–873–8477, send an anonymous tip online using www.crimestopperstb.com, or send a tip with a smartphone using the P3 Tips Mobile application.

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