Wepre Park gun victim leaves hospital

Published date: 18 March 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A TEENAGE girl who was shot in the shoulder with an airgun pellet has been discharged from hospital.

A spokesman for North Wales Police yesterday confirmed the 16-year-old had left the Countess of Chester Hospital, but would need to return for further medical attention.

The youngster was wounded while walking her dog in Wepre Park, Connah’s Quay on March 1 and spent about a fortnight in hospital.

North Wales Police said nobody had been arrested over the shooting, which only narrowly missed the girl’s vital organs.

Det Insp Tim Evans, of North Wales Police, said officers were “extremely fortunate not to be investigating a fatality” and continue to appeal for anyone with information about the incident to come forward.

The teenager encountered a group of four or five men on a path towards Ewloe Castle at the time the weapon was fired.

“It is unknown at this time whether the shooting was accidental or deliberate,” said Det Insp Evans.

“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 the 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.”

Anybody with information is asked to call the police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, quoting reference RC14030933.

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