POLICE dealing with the shooting of a teenage pet owner believe they are lucky not to be investigating her death.
A 16-year-old girl was wounded by a gun pellet while walking her dog in Wepre Park, Connah’s Quay, on Saturday.
Doctors at the Countess of Chester Hospital expect her to recover from her ordeal after she has gone through a period of rehabilitation.
Det Insp Tim Evans said yesterday: “The pellet passed vital organs and we are extremely fortunate not to be investigating a fatality. “
Expectations are for a recovery, but hours of rehabilitation lie ahead.
“It is unknown at this time whether the shooting was accidental or deliberate.
“There will be people in the community who know those involved and we would urge them to come forward with information.”
Officers have been speaking to residents in the Wepre Park area after the teenager was wounded at the popular tourist spot.
She had encountered a group of men on a path leading towards Ewloe Castle between 2pm and 2.30pm and as she bent down to pick up her pet chihuahua a man pointed a gun at her and she was hit with a pellet.
She was taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital on Saturday where police confirmed she remained yesterday.
Det Insp Green added: “This is a popular park so we would again ask anyone who was in park between 1pm and 4pm on Saturday and particularly those in the vicinity of Ewloe Castle, who may have seen anything, to contact us.
“In the meantime we are supporting the victim and her family, carrying out house-to-house inquiries and providing extra patrols in the area.”
The community has spoken of its shock over the scary broad daylight shooting.
Connah’s Quay resident Lisa Graham, who was in the park with her eight-month-old daughter on Monday, told the Leader: “It is shocking because you just don’t expect it. It hasn’t deterred me from coming but it is something I am wary of now.’
Keith Proster, 52, from Queensferry, told the Leader: “I am shocked.
“I bring my dog to the park twice a week and it is normally a very quiet place.
“I am very surprised this has happened here but it won’t put me off coming.”
Anybody with information about the incident is asked to call the police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, quoting reference RC14030933.