Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 27 November 2014

Teenager shot in the face in air gun attack

A Police investigation was underway last night after a teenager was shot in the face by an air gun in south Armagh.

A Police investigation was underway last night after a teenager was shot in the face by an air gun in south Armagh.

The 13 year-old boy was struck by a pellet just below his left eye and he was treated in hospital for swelling to the area.

Mystery last night surrounded the incident which took place in the Beesbrook area at around 4pm yesterday afternoon.

A police spokesman said: "A 13 year youth was struck below the left eye by a pellet. Initial enquiries suggest he may have been struck by a BB gun."

Police said the boy was walking along Camlough Road, close to Green Road, when he was struck.

It is believed the pellet was fired by the occupants of a silver Ford Escort which was spotted in the area and police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

This is the latest in a series of incidents involving air rifles.

Last week three people were arrested after an air rifle was fired into the playground of Dunclug College in Ballymena. And in August the mother of a teenage girl who was shot in the leg by an air rifle in Portstewart called for them to be banned.

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