Paintball prankster shot back at with real gun

CHICAGO – A Chicago man is charged with firing a paintball gun at people in an apparent Halloween prank that went wrong when someone with a real gun fired back and injured the man’s acquaintance.

Police say 39-year-old Jason Wells of the Englewood neighborhood on the city’s South Side has been charged with one misdemeanor count of possessing and discharging an air rifle.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that a 21-year-old man with Wells on Thursday night also is accused of firing a paintball gun. He was shot by someone wielding a real gun and was hospitalized. The wounded man has not been charged.

A phone listing for Wells was disconnected, and he could not be reached for comment.