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Boy shot with a ball-bearing gun

PUBLISHED: 09:24 04 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:41 05 July 2010

A 13-year-old boy was shot in the stomach with a ball-bearing gun while out trick-or-treating with friends in Lowestoft.

The victim collapsed and suffered bruising and swelling to his stomach following the attack in Yarmouth Road, close to the Foxburrow pub, on Friday.

A 13-year-old boy was shot in the stomach with a ball-bearing gun while out trick-or-treating with friends in Lowestoft.

The victim collapsed and suffered bruising and swelling to his stomach following the attack in Yarmouth Road, close to the Foxburrow pub, on Friday.

Police believe the gun could have been fired from a Ford-Fiesta-type vehicle seen driving towards the Tesco roundabout or from a wooded area opposite. The boy was with two friends when he was shot at about 9pm.

Meanwhile, officers are also investigating another incident on Friday where a 43-year-old woman was struck on the hand by a paintball pellet.

She was walking across a pedestrian crossing in Bridge Road, Oulton Broad, at about 8.30pm when she felt a burning sensation on her hand. She looked down and saw green paint on her skin and sleeve, although she was not injured.

Police spokesman Anne-Marie Breach said: “More serious injuries could have been caused in both of these cases. It was very dangerous and we need to find those responsible so it doesn't happen to anyone else.”

Anyone with information about either incident should contact Lowestoft police on 01986 835300.

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