FORT WAYNE — When a man arrived Monday evening at a hospital emergency room, the injuries to his face were so severe that hospital workers thought he had been shot.
It turned out he was injured when a rock tossed at the car he was riding in smashed through the windshield and slammed into his face, according to a police report.
The episode was one of several related to rocks being thrown that police responded to on Monday evening.
The man and his wife, who was driving the car, told police they were headed north on Fairfield Avenue when the rock flew through the window. Police found the rock on the floor of the car.
Police received a separate call Monday night from a woman who said she was headed east on State Boulevard when a rock was thrown from an oncoming car and broke her windshield.
In that instance, the rock damaged the hood of the womanís car and cracked the windshield.
In a third case, reported about 8 p.m., a man called police and said he was in the area of Packard and Fairfield avenues when the passenger in an oncoming car threw a rock that hit the manís window where his son was sitting.
Another rock then came from the driverís side of the car and hit the vanís windshield, according to the report.
Neither rock caused damage to the van.
As the night progressed, police received a fourth report of rocks being thrown at a moving vehicle, this time near Creighton and Fairfield avenues.
About 9 p.m., a man called police and said earlier Monday his girlfriendís car was hit by two objects, one of which was a rock that broke through the rear driverís side window, according to the report.
An unknown object bounced off the carís roof.
Officer Michael Joyner, spokesman for the Fort Wayne Police Department, said Tuesday the reports were isolated to Monday night and are not something the department has received calls about throughout the year.