Grandmother shot in the face by air weapon

A WOMAN has spoken of her shock after being shot in the face while she was walking with her young granddaughter through a North-East town.

Alison Saunders’ head was knocked back from the impact of the projectile that was fired out of an air weapon when it hit her just inches from her eye.

The Stockton grandmother was not seriously injured but she fears that it could happen again and whoever is hit might not be so lucky.

“It was a massive shock – I just wasn’t expecting it,” said the 52-year-old. “I was walking along minding my own business when I felt this incredible pain and realised I had been hit in the face by something that had been fired at me.

“I was hit just below my bottom lip but it could have easily been in my eye or even worse it could have hit my granddaughter and caused serious injury.”

Mrs Saunders was walking along Rochester Road in the town with 20-month-old Peggy in her pushchair when she was targeted by the unknown assailant at 5pm on Saturday afternoon.

“Thankfully I wasn’t too badly injured but next time someone else might not be so lucky,” she said. “I’m only little so it could so easily have been my granddaughter that could have been hit and that doesn’t even bear thinking about.

“The shock of being hit in the face was horrible and I really hope that nobody else is shot by whoever did this to me as it is so dangerous.

“I have no idea where the shot came from - it was completely out of the blue. I hope the police catch the person who did this before someone is seriously injured.”

A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “We are appealing for information with regards to an assault that occurred on Rochester Road, Stockton, near to Rhyl Close on Saturday, May 17.

“A woman who was pushing a small child in a pushchair was shot in the face by an unknown person, with what is believed to be an air gun.”

Anyone with information is asked to call PC Gavin Humphrey on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555-111.

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8:21am Fri 23 May 14

somethinginsidesostrong says...

So Sorry to hear of Alisons traumatic experience it was horrific for her. Sadly it is not unusual, we were sitting eating fish and chips with our young grandson, in our car in a local town and an air gun nearly hit him (unprovoked) Also we were at a NATURE RESERVE and another air gun rang out . The Police at 101 advised us not to worry they were probably just trying to kill vermin and BIRDS. I would not advise phoning Police they are not interested.
So Sorry to hear of Alisons traumatic experience it was horrific for her. Sadly it is not unusual, we were sitting eating fish and chips with our young grandson, in our car in a local town and an air gun nearly hit him (unprovoked) Also we were at a NATURE RESERVE and another air gun rang out . The Police at 101 advised us not to worry they were probably just trying to kill vermin and BIRDS. I would not advise phoning Police they are not interested. somethinginsidesostrong
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10:27am Fri 23 May 14

somethinginsidesostrong says...

Actually I have just realised Alison was probably shot at Roseworth, and Cleveland Police have ZERO tolerance towards firearms , so Cleveland police will probably find the miscreant who shot Alison. This was an act of terrorism, attempting to terrorise people in their own neighbourhood, in order to remove her confidence and self esteem. John 10 :10 "The thiefs one agenda is to steal and destroy".
Actually I have just realised Alison was probably shot at Roseworth, and Cleveland Police have ZERO tolerance towards firearms , so Cleveland police will probably find the miscreant who shot Alison. This was an act of terrorism, attempting to terrorise people in their own neighbourhood, in order to remove her confidence and self esteem. John 10 :10 "The thiefs one agenda is to steal and destroy". somethinginsidesostrong
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8:20pm Fri 23 May 14

Robert_ says...

Oh dear... you were doing so well until you quoted your fairy story at the end :-(
Oh dear... you were doing so well until you quoted your fairy story at the end :-( Robert_
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