Saturday 7 December 2019

Schoolgirl shot in the face with pellet gun

Gardai are investigating the matter and have warned of the dangers of pellet guns.
Gardai are investigating the matter and have warned of the dangers of pellet guns.

Pat Flynn

A TEENAGE girl was shot in the face after a pellet gun was fired outside a school.

The pellet narrowly missed her eye in the incident, which happened after school hours.

A teenage boy has already been interviewed in relation to the incident which happened close to St Joseph’s Secondary School in Tulla, Co Clare.

Gardai said the incident could have been “far more serious as the pellet hit the girl close to her eye.”

The injured student did not require hospitalisation but visited a local doctor.

It is understood that a car with three teenagers was driving past the school, after hours on Friday, and that a pellet gun was produced.

The firearm was pointed in the direction of a small group of students and was discharged.

 It is not clear whether the car stopped or if the firearm was discharged as it drove past.

The driver of the vehicle is believed to have left the scene while the injured pupil’s parents and gardai were alerted to the incident.

A garda spokesman said: “Gardai were notified of the incident which happened after school hours.

The teenagers who were targeted were all juveniles and students at the school.

The garda added: “The pellet struck a girl very close to her eye. We have interviewed the alleged offender, a juvenile, in the presence of his parents and that matter will be dealt with by our Juvenile Liaison Officer.”

Lucky

One local parent said: “I do know that three lads in a car had a pellet gun and that it was fired into a group of girls.

“I did hear that she had a very lucky escape and that she could have lost an eye. Even if it was a practical joke or something, it’s a bit worrying that something like this could happen.”

Gardai say that they are continuing to investigate the matter and have warned of the dangers of pellet guns.

“This could have been far more serious but thankfully

it wasn’t. Pellet guns can be very, very dangerous and cause serious injury,” a garda spokesman said.

Irish Independent

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