Vandals with BB gun have damaged dozens of McKinney businesses

Police are trying to figure out who is shooting out windows of McKinney businesses, causing fear and tens of thousands of dollars in damages.

Police say the businesses hit are in an area east of 75/N Central Expressway. Most have been hit between 9 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Officers say the incidents date back to early January.

The most recent stores were hit Friday night.

More than 30 businesses have been hit so far, and several businesses have now had their windows shot out with BBs twice.

Many are starting to wonder how long it will be before the culprit is caught.

“Shot this window, this window again, and this window, and a car parked on the street. All without slowing down,” said Greg Green, owner of Lockout Supplements.

Green could not believe that his business was hit a second time on Friday, just after 7 p.m. This was only 24 hours after the first shooting shattered a huge window.

The first shooting at the gym happened just before 8 p.m. Thursday.

“We had a gym member working out not even two feet on a leg press,” Green said. “It definitely startled her.”

Just minutes away, A & D Buffalo's was also hit for the second time Friday night.

Their door is boarded up and a shattered window casts a glare over their open sign.

“It's really sad. Downtown McKinney is known for its shopping district, good restaurants, good places to eat. You can see it's really crowded right now. Some people are scared to come down here over someone with a BB gun,” Green added.

Chicken Express has also been hit twice.

“I was moping in the dining room, right next to where the windows got shot out,” said Michael Pechal, who was working at the time of the first incident. ”It was weird. They got shot, and about three seconds later, on the video, it showed me reacting.”

Green feels like it's just a matter of time before someone gets hurt, and it could be the shooters.

“You can't tell the difference between a pistol, air pistol BB gun, 9 mm,” he said. “They are putting themselves in great danger by doing that.“

Green is worried if he replaces his windows, the culprit will return.

“I don't want to replace about $1,000 to $1,200 apiece. If we keep replacing them, going to get pretty costly,” he said.

Police have not released any suspect description or car description.

Even before Friday night's two shootings at 7 p.m., police said they had good leads and a person of interest.