SINGAPORE - A 49-year-old man was arrested by the police on Wednesday (July 19) for allegedly shooting pellets at a group of wedding revellers in Woodlands earlier this month.
The Straits Times understands that the pellets had been found at the incident scene at Block 762 Woodlands Avenue 6, in a case that took place around 7am on July 1.
The suspect, who lives in Woodlands Avenue 6 as well, was questioned by the police at his home at Block 764A on Wednesday afternoon.
Two packets of ball bearings, a bottle of plastic pellets, a packet of slingshot bands, a catapult and a toy tank, which is able to shoot projectiles, were seized as case exhibits, said the police in a statement.
ST understands that the man, who has been identified as Mr Samuel Tan Joo Soon, is believed to have shot the projectiles using a catapult from his Housing Board flat on the fifth floor.
The pellets hit two cars that were in the area to fetch the bride.
On Wednesday, the suspect was also taken back to the incident scene, in hand and leg restraints.
Dressed in a green T-shirt and bermudas, his brows were etched in a frown as he answered officers' questions by the road near his block where the incident took place.
His alleged offences are the possession of an arm without a licence, committing a rash act, and mischief and possession of a dangerous instrument, added the police.
The man was arrested along Woodlands Circle on Wednesday.
In the morning of July 1, seven groomsmen drove five cars to the location to escort the bride, it was reported.
While they were playing gatecrashing games downstairs, one of the bridesmaids heard a shooting sound.
That was when the groomsmen realised that two of the cars were damaged.
Two of the vehicles were hit by pellets on the windscreens and frames.
The pellets are believed to be the sort used in air guns. No one was injured.
A neighbour, who declined to be identified, said the suspect lives with his wife and 10-year-old daughter, and seems not to have been working for around five to six years.
"He is a friendly man," she added. "But I think he seems a bit introverted."
"We were asleep when the incident took place. The police came by on the day to check out the view from our flat," she said. "His front door is usually open around 6am, when we open ours."
She did not discuss the incident with the suspect afterwards.
Another neighbour, who declined to be identified as well, said that the suspect has been living in his Woodlands flat for more than 10 years.
"He doesn't speak to us when we run into each other," added the 60-year-old retiree.
Police investigations are ongoing.
Airsoft guns or any other guns which shoot pellets using compressed gas are regulated as arms under the Arms and Explosives Act. If found guilty of possession, the suspect may be fined up to $5,000 for every gun and be jailed up to three years.
If convicted for a rash act, the suspect may be jailed up to six months and fined up to $2,500.