Belfast Telegraph

Monday 15 September 2014

Girl shot in face with BB gun pellet

Police in Londonderry have warned that air weapons are "not toys" after a girl was shot in the face in a drive-by incident.

Police in Londonderry have warned that air weapons are "not toys" after a girl was shot in the face in a drive-by incident.

The 13-year-old narrowly escaped serious injury when she was hit on the forehead by a projectile from either a BB gun or air pistol fired from a passing car on Sunday.

The incident happened as the girl was walking with friends at Gelvin Gardens in the Gobnascale area shortly after midnight.

The shooting is the latest such incident in Ulster involving air-powered weapons, including attacks on people, pets and vehicles.

Condemning the incident, Inspector David McFetridge said it was extremely fortunate that the girl was not seriously injured.

He added: "As well as this incident, we have had reports of pellet guns and BB guns being used to damage property and vehicles.

"We also believe that a cat was killed by a pellet at West End Park, on the City side, late last week.

"These things are not toys and I would encourage parents to think twice about buying them for young people."

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