Salina Police: BB gun shooting may have been part of ‘TikTok challenge’

Officers from the Salina Police Department questioned two teenagers in connection with a suspected BB gun firing in the city on March 15, and determined the offense “may be related with a TikTok challenge.” The TikTok “Orbeez Challenge” on social media, according to police, “involves gel or water beads shot from airsoft-type guns.”

“This challenge motivates people to use airsoft guns that discharge gel or water beads at pedestrians,” police said. This [TikTok] social media challenge appears to be a nationwide phenomenon, with accidents as a result.”

Two Salina teenagers, ages 18 and 17, have been referred to the Saline County Attorney’s Office and the Salina Municipal Prosecutor’s Office on charges of aggravated assault, battery, and unauthorized discharge of an air pistol inside the city limits, according to Salina police.

“In this instance, there is a third party involved.” “Once they’ve been identified, they’ll be interviewed and perhaps charged,” police added.

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Anyone with information about the reported shooting or the identity of the suspect(s) should phone Crimestoppers at 825-TIPS, text TIPS to CRIMES (274637), or send an online tip at

“You could get a financial reward, and you don’t have to provide your name,” cops stated.

The Salina Police Department can be reached at 785-826-7210 for information. 2022-3667 is the case number.

A resident working in the 200 block of South Santa Fe contacted Salina police shortly before noon on Tuesday, May 15, to report being shot with a BB pistol. The suspect vehicle was characterized as a white Dodge Ram four-door truck with a partial tag number by the caller.

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“At the time of the event, the victim believed three young, white males were in the vehicle,” police added.

Using that partial tag number, authorities located the suspect truck and two teenagers suspected of being involved in the shooting.

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A suspect in a BB gun shooting in Salina is being sought by police.

Officers received a report on March 15 from someone who had been shot with a BB pistol while working alongside the road in the 200 block of S. Santa Fe Ave. A white Dodge Ram passed slowly by, and the victim noticed a passenger with a black BB gun. The passenger fired a shot at the victim, wounding him in the chest.

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The Dodge Ram may be seen leaving the site on video surveillance.

Call the Salina Police Department at 785-826-7210 if you have any information about the event or can identify the suspect(s). You may also leave an online tip by clicking here. It’s possible that information leading to an arrest will be rewarded. A monetary incentive of up to $1,000 might be yours.

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