Police arrest man who allegedly fired airsoft gun at woman driving on Bali road

Video screengrab showing damage from an airsoft gun fired at a woman in Badung on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022
Video screengrab showing damage from an airsoft gun fired at a woman in Badung on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022

Police have arrested a man accused of firing his airsoft gun at a woman on a motorbike in Abiansemal district, Badung on Saturday, causing minor injuries.

The woman, identified as Ni Luh Putu Sukma Lusiana Putri, said she was shot in the head with an airsoft gun while driving her motorbike along Ayunan Road. Luckily, her motorbike helmet took most of the damage.

Sukma said she was making her way home from work at 3:25pm when she suddenly felt a sharp pain in her eye and sudden tension in her helmet. 

She pulled over her motorbike and found a round hole on her helmet visor and that one of the lenses of her glasses had shattered. She was also bleeding on the left side of her temple.

While a bystander was recording, the woman called out who she thought was the perpetrator, a white car with a Jakarta license plate parked across her on the road. A man then hopped out from the white car.

The man, indirectly admitting to having an airsoft gun, said he fired blanks.

“It was just wind,” the man was heard explaining in the video.

“If there was no bullet, how did my helmet get a hole?” Sukma asked. The man ignored her question, walked away and drove off. 

The video has circulated widely on social media, attracting outrage towards the alleged culprit.
Badung Police Chief Leo Dedy Defretes said the man in the white car has been apprehended.

Police found that he was in possession of a long-range airsoft gun used to hunt birds. No charges have been announced as of this article’s publication.

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