A BORDON youth was lucky not to lose his sight when he was shot in the face by an air rifle. The incident - the first of two air-rifle shootings in East Hampshire - occurred on Monday, May 29, at around 9-30 pm, when the 12-year-old boy was playing with friends in a park just off Neptune Road. The shot hit him right between the eyes and he was admitted to hospital with a pellet lodged in his skull. He had to undergo an operation to have the pellet removed. Whitehill Police carried out a thorough search of the area and the officer in charge, Pc Kevin Massey, said he had never encountered an incident like this before in the area and was very worried about it. "The boy was shot by an air rifle and if the pellet had gone a centimetre to the left or right, he would have been blinded or even killed," Pc Massey said. The shooting was followed, the next day, by a similar incident, in which a 10-year-old boy was hit by a pellet while walking on Petersfield Heath. On Tuesday, May 30, the boy was walking with his mother by his side when a pellet hit him in the back, leaving him bruised, in pain and very shaken. Police have no suspects as yet, but Pc Massey would like to hear from any witnesses to either event. He would also like to hear from anyone who owns an air rifle that could have been used by a friend or family member. Anyone with any information should contact Pc Massey at Whitehill Police on 0845 0454545.
Boy has narrow escape in second air-rifle shooting
Wednesday 14th June 2006 10:00 pm