13 year old boy shot with pellet gun in Salisbury

13 year old boy shot with pellet gun in Salisbury

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 1:32pm 20th May 2019. (Updated at 2:08pm 20th May 2019)

The teenager was with his mum and younger sister when this happened on Castle Street yesterday afternoon.

The family were walking along Castle Street at around 4.35pm yesterday (Sunday 19th May) when the boy felt a pain above his right ear.

Luckily he wasn't seriously hurt, but he is having treatment at Salisbury District Hospital today to have the pellet removed.

WITNESS APPEAL:

Detective Inspector Nicki Davey, from Salisbury CID, said:

"It was incredibly fortunate that this boy was not more seriously injured, as the pellet could very easily have hit his eye or his neck. We are still in the early stages of our investigation, but have been carrying out detailed enquiries including viewing CCTV from the area.

"The boy was walking out of Salisbury, on the left side of Castle Street between the railway bridge and the underpass that leads to the Castle Road roundabout.

"This would have been busy at that time of day, so we want to hear from anyone who was walking or driving in the area and may have witnessed something suspicious. Perhaps you have dash cam footage or private CCTV which could assist? We would urge anyone with information to come forward."

PATROLS BEING STEPPED UP:

In the wake of this incident, Wiltshire South Inspector Pete Sparrow said he understood that the incident would be alarming for local people:

"This type of crime, where a young child has been injured in this way, is very rare, but will understandably cause concern for the community.

"I want to reassure you that our detectives are carrying out a thorough investigation, and our local community officers and PCSOs will be increasing patrols around the city to provide a visible policing presences.

"If you know anything about what happened or know who is responsible, then please come forward and speak to police."

Anyone with information about what happened, should contact Salisbury CID on 101, quoting crime reference 54190048015.

You can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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