Two shot in double rifle drama

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An eight-year-old girl was shot in the chest by her 10-year-old brother and another man was shot while mowing his lawn in two shock air rifle attacks in Chorley.

The shootings, which are unconnected, have left both victims with pellets lodged in their chest.

The young girl was taken to Alder Hey Hospital after the accident at a flat on Market Street. It is understood the air rifle, which they were playing with, belonged to the children’s father.

A 64-year-old man was also shot by an air weapon while he was tending to his garden in what he believes was a targeted attack.

John Taylor, who is vice-chairman of Charnock Richard Parish Council, was at the front of his home on Charnock Brow on Saturday at 7.50pm when he felt a pain to his chest.

Grandad-of-one John said: “I went down to the bottom of the drive with the mower and wheel barrow and just as I was uncoiling the extension lead I felt this thud.

“Then I spotted blood on my shirt.”

John, who is a retired highway maintenance engineer for Lancashire County Council, discovered he had a pellet lodged in his chest next to a rib.

He said: “I noticed a neat little hole in my shirt and a hole in me.

“I called the police and said ‘I think I have been shot’.

“They took me to Chorley hospital and there doctors told me I had a pellet stuck inside me.”

Doctors told John it would be safer to leave the pellet than to carry out an intrusive procedure to remove it.

He said: “It is quite sore and the hospital said it would be for a few days.”

Police say they are still carrying out an investigation into what happened, but John says he thinks it was more than kids messing around.

He said: “I don’t believe for one second it was an accident, but I haven’t got a clue who did it.

“I’m lucky it hit me where it did rather than in my neck, where it could have been a lot worse.”

The eight-year-old girl, who has not been named, underwent an x-ray and CT scan in hospital and it was found she had it lodged in her chest cavity, close to her lung.

At this stage doctors are not considering surgery to remove it.

The weapon was seized by police and the father has surrendered it to be destroyed.

Sgt Andy Bramhall of Chorley Police said: “We would urge air rifles or any sharp instruments that could be dangerous to be kept out of reach of children, and preferably in a locked cupboard.”

Anyone with information about the incident that occurred on Charnock Brow is urged to contact police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.