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Boy's fear after air weapon attack

PUBLISHED: 11:12 24 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:36 05 July 2010

A 12-YEAR-OLD boy has been left too scared to walk the streets of Lowestoft after he was shot in the leg by what is believed to have been an air weapon.

A 12-YEAR-OLD boy has been left too scared to walk the streets of Lowestoft after he was shot in the leg by what is believed to have been an air weapon.

And this week his angry mother called for a change in firearms legislation, and for air weapons to be banned, after the third similar incident in the space of 20 days.

On Saturday, 12-year-old Tyler Hunt was walking home along the High Street with a friend at around 6.30pm when the pair crossed Rant Score and “heard a bang,” according to his mother Denise Hunt.

“Tyler felt a pain in his thigh and blood was trickling down his leg,” she said.

The youngster had been shot with an air weapon and he was subsequently taken to the James Paget University Hospital, in Gorleston, where he had to have surgery to remove the lodged pellet.

But this doesn't appear to have been an isolated incident, with three people having been injured in the past month, according to Lowestoft police.

The Journal can today reveal that a 65-year-old man has been arrested in connection with an incident where two men were shot at with an air weapon and a 12-year-old boy was hurt in another incident.

“A 61-year-old man and a 28-year-old man received wounds to their arms in the first incident in Lowestoft High Street around 5am on Thursday, September 28,” the police spokesman said.

The 65-year-old was arrested and interviewed about all three offences this week, and The Journal understands that two weapons have also been seized.

“My son and his friend are scared to walk along the High Street not knowing who shot him or why he was shot,” said Mrs Hunt.

The 65-year-old arrested in connection with these incidents has been bailed to return to Lowestoft police station on November 26, pending further inquiries.

The Hunt family would like to thank a woman who helped calm down Tyler and telephoned Mrs Hunt. If this was you contact The Journal on 01502 525833 or email mark.boggis@archant.co.uk and we can pass on your details to the family.

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