Waterloo resident shot by pellet gun in front of home, police say

Regional police are investigating after a Waterloo resident was shot with a pellet gun in front of their home on Sunday.

Officers were called to Lester Street around 8 a.m. Police say the victim suffered minor injuries in the incident.

There is no suspect at this time, according to police.

"Investigators are trying to determine the motive behind this incident," said Const. Ashley Dietrich with Waterloo regional police.

Officials say they're also investigating reports of property damage that happened on Saturday in the same area. In a release, police say several vehicles and buildings were hit with what's believed to be a pellet gun.

The incidents are being investigated separately, but police are trying to determine if they might be related.

"Any time where there is any sort of weapon involved, there is cause for concern. We are encouraging anyone who notices suspicious activity to contact police," Dietrich said.

Residents who live in the area say they're shaken.

"I thought, ‘not again,’ because it's not the first time the police officers have been in this area," said Lester Street resident Carla Perez. "A couple of months ago there was a shooting in the area."

Perez said she saw three police cars on Sunday morning. She's now looking for a new home away from the street.

"Either shootings are happening or someone is playing with something that could be harmful, it is scary for me," she said.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers.