Gunman shoots men in the face

WOUNDED: Gavin, who doesn't want to be identified, was shot in the face (08436204)

AIR RIFLE: Scene of the shooting (08435001)

SHOT: Gavin, who doesn’t want to be identified, was hit on the chin by a pellet (08436201)

First published in News Worcester News: Photograph of the Author Exclusive by , @aliciakellyWN #worcsnews

TWO men have been shot in the face with an air rifle while walking along a busy road in Worcester.

One of them was left covered in blood after a pellet hit him on the chin as he was walking down Broad Street towards Bridge Street at around 8.30pm.

Minutes later a cyclist was hit in the forehead, inches from his left eye, just yards away at about 8.30pm on Monday night.

Although neither man was seriously injured, police have described it as “extremely reckless behaviour.” The first victim, who asked to be identified only as Gavin, said: “I just can’t believe people can be so cruel.

“To hit two people both in the head that is the very concerning part of it.

“It was as if that’s what their aim was – to hit someone’s head.”

The 28-year-old was walking back to his car from Worcester College of Technology and had just left his friend Rob Smith when he felt the pellet hit him.

He said: “I was just in front of the tattoo shop and suddenly I felt an impact into the side of my face.

“I put my hand to my face straight away and got a handful of blood.

“I shouted back to Rob, and said I’ve just been shot.

“I was in total shock.

Mr Smith, aged 26, from Malvern, added: “I heard a cracking noise like a car running over a plastic cup.

“Gavin came across the road and he was covered in blood.”

“Someone was taking pot shots.

“Someone could have been killed or blinded.”

Mr Smith said the men believed the shots were probably fired from nearby flats.

The friends telephoned police for help, who notified West Midlands Ambulance service which sent an ambulance and first responder.

Gavin, from Evesham, said: “The guy was having a look at it to make sure nothing was embedded there and within 20 minutes there was a knock on the ambulance door and it was this other guy who had just got shot.

“He was cycling past and it was right in the same place.

“He had got a big lump on his head and was bleeding as well.

“At that point we were in total disbelief and shock.”

“It was probably half an hour and the police came.

“I think they were from their firearms department.”

An air rifle pellet was subsequently recovered from the floor and Gavin drove to the accident and emergency at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

Ambulance staff took the cyclist to hospital for further check-ups.

A police spokeswoman said: “This is extremely reckless behaviour that could have resulted in a more serious outcome.

“It’s lucky the injuries were not far worse.”

She added local police would make house to house enquiries and officers had not ruled out the shots coming from a stationery or passing car.

Witnesses are asked to call officers on 0300 333 3000 quoting 608s220210.

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4:19pm Thu 25 Feb 10

sethgremlin says...

it's morons like this that give us licence holders a bad name!
and what are the police thinking? "we'll make door to door inquiries" i know they can't just go in gung ho but come on! does someone have to die before they actually go in there and clean out the flats?? what if that was someones child? or what if gavin or the other chap had have been killed or blinded.
those flats need levelling with 90% of the residents in them!
it's morons like this that give us licence holders a bad name! and what are the police thinking? "we'll make door to door inquiries" i know they can't just go in gung ho but come on! does someone have to die before they actually go in there and clean out the flats?? what if that was someones child? or what if gavin or the other chap had have been killed or blinded. those flats need levelling with 90% of the residents in them! sethgremlin
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7:31pm Thu 25 Feb 10

jb says...

I drove along that road today and while waiting at the traffic lights I had a good look around. There are so many windows overlooking the area that it could have come from anywhere, can't believe that it could be from a passing vehicle though - two head shots from a moving vehicle? I hope these two chaps recover well, it must have been terrifying. Lets just hope that next time it's not worse, if these idiots are not caught there will be a next time if that is their mentality.
I drove along that road today and while waiting at the traffic lights I had a good look around. There are so many windows overlooking the area that it could have come from anywhere, can't believe that it could be from a passing vehicle though - two head shots from a moving vehicle? I hope these two chaps recover well, it must have been terrifying. Lets just hope that next time it's not worse, if these idiots are not caught there will be a next time if that is their mentality. jb
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1:55pm Fri 26 Feb 10

jpworcs says...

I live locally and and have had a pot shot taken at me a few months ago. I heard a ricochet as something hit the phone box next to me and saw a head duck down behind a curtain in one of the flats above the bottom end of Broad Street.
I reported this to the police immediately and was called back three hours later to check "was I sure it wasn't a stone flying up from a passing vehicle".
I couldn't point at the exact flat but there are not many doors to knock on.
Surely the guy who keeps having to replace the glass in the phone box every time it gets shot out must also be getting a bit tired of this.....
I live locally and and have had a pot shot taken at me a few months ago. I heard a ricochet as something hit the phone box next to me and saw a head duck down behind a curtain in one of the flats above the bottom end of Broad Street. I reported this to the police immediately and was called back three hours later to check "was I sure it wasn't a stone flying up from a passing vehicle". I couldn't point at the exact flat but there are not many doors to knock on. Surely the guy who keeps having to replace the glass in the phone box every time it gets shot out must also be getting a bit tired of this..... jpworcs
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8:44pm Fri 26 Feb 10

New Kid on the Block says...

I hope this idiot is caught and has the book thrown at them.
Shooting someone in the face must count as "having an air weapon with intent to endanger life" for which the penalty can be life imprisonment.
Unfortunately we no longer have the stocks available as a punishment.
I hope this idiot is caught and has the book thrown at them. Shooting someone in the face must count as "having an air weapon with intent to endanger life" for which the penalty can be life imprisonment. Unfortunately we no longer have the stocks available as a punishment. New Kid on the Block
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3:52pm Sat 27 Feb 10

evadbur says...

Pellet guns, BB guns, and airsoft guns are three distinct forms of air guns. The basic difference between them can be summed up in a word: ammo. Each type of gun fires a specific type of projectile. Each type is designed for different purposes, from tin can and target practice (metal BB Guns), to pest hunting and longer range targeting (metal pellets), to war game simulations and backyard fun (airsoft plastic pellets). The press seems to lump them all together and while shooting at people with any of them is stupid and should be punished, obviously some are more serious than others.
Pellet guns, BB guns, and airsoft guns are three distinct forms of air guns. The basic difference between them can be summed up in a word: ammo. Each type of gun fires a specific type of projectile. Each type is designed for different purposes, from tin can and target practice (metal BB Guns), to pest hunting and longer range targeting (metal pellets), to war game simulations and backyard fun (airsoft plastic pellets). The press seems to lump them all together and while shooting at people with any of them is stupid and should be punished, obviously some are more serious than others. evadbur
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