By Brad Edwards

(CBS) — A Chicago man walking his best friend — an Old English Bulldog — became target practice for someone shooting a paintball gun.

It happened near Paulina and Thorndale in the Edgewater on Wednesday evening.

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CBS 2’s Brad Edwards reports.

Dog owner Chris Albandia says his pet, Mugsy, was out to do his business when a car rolled up out of the alley.

A window in the vehicle went down, and then he heard multiple shots.

“They were looking to light us up pretty good,” Albandia says.

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They were not shooting bullets, but high-velocity paintballs. Mugsy took several hits.

“He was bleeding in a bunch of different places,” Albandia says. “They got him pretty good. Part of me wants to say they were really looking to shoot the dog — ‘Hey, that will be fun.’”

Albandia – a former mixed martial-arts fighter, now a teacher and wrestling coach – took paintballs to the nose, hand and back. He ran Mugsy to safety and then went back to the street.

By that time, the vehicle had sped off.

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The family says the shooters drove what appeared to be an older Jeep Cherokee with a loud muffler.

Brad Edwards