Police call it a malicious, troublesome act of vandalism -- several downtown Bristol businesses are reporting shattered windows. As of right now, what kind of weapon used and just who's to blame hasn't been determined.
Window shopping is a little different on State Street, especially at KSS School Supplies. "I noticed the bullet holes and then I just took it from there and called the police department," said store owner Connie Rutherford.
But five other businesses in Bristol, Virginia called police as well on Wednesday, reporting damage to their windows or doors from some sort of gun. "These are businesses that are just closed for the night and this is being done in the overnight hours," said Sergeant Steven Crawford with the Bristol Virginia Police Department.
Sergeant Crawford says this problem started at the beginning of July and so far no businesses have reported anything being stolen. "We're still looking at different days of the week, businesses, locations. Right now we can say the majority of it's been downtown businesses," he explained.
But the vandalism didn't just stick to downtown Tuesday night; it actually spread all the way to Lee Highway and Easy Home was just another target. Owner Travis Campbell says he had one thought running through his head when he unlocked his store Wednesday. "They've hit me again. Last week they got me on Wednesday and then last night they got us again, another window," he said.
Bristol, Virginia police do have some leads and they're also increasing patrols. "Regardless, it's money out of people's pockets. Like I said, it's grown in dollar amount and when you put it all together it's troublesome," added Sergeant Crawford.
Rutherford says that hole in her store window at KSS School Supplies is costing between $400 to $600 to replace. "It's not costing them [the vandals] anything and the way I look at life, if they can live with it they'll pay in the long run," she said.
We also checked with Bristol, Tennessee Police and learned investigators are also working on several similar vandalism reports. They believe the bullets are from a bb gun.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call either Bristol Tennessee Police at (423) 989-5568 or Bristol Virginia Police at (276) 466-TIPS.