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Teenage shooting victim still recovering in hospital

Published date: 11 March 2014 |
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A TEENAGE girl who was shot while walking her dog in a park 10 days ago remained in hospital yesterday.

Police said the 16-year-old was lucky to be alive after she was hit in the shoulder by an airgun pellet as she walked in broad daylight in Wepre Park, Connah’s Quay.

Doctors at the Countess of Chester Hospital last week said they expect her to recover from her ordeal after she has gone through a period of rehabilitation - after the pellet just missed “vital organs”.

Police are still investigating the matter and have conducted a number of door-to-door enquires in the area following the attack - which happened between 1pm and 4pm on Saturday, March 1.

Police said four or five men were on the path ahead of the teenage girl at the time when the weapon was fired.

Last week Detective Inspector Tim Evans said: “The pellet passed by 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.

“This is a popular park so we would again ask anyone who was in park between 1pm and 4pm on Saturday, March 1 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.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, quoting crime  number RC14030933.

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