Boy, 12, shot in 'hunting' area
A 12-year-old boy is in a critical condition in hospital
after being shot in the head in an area popular with night time hunters,
known as "lampers".
The boy was walking near a golf course in Castleford
with his father at 2030 BST on Thursday when he was shot.
A police spokeswoman said he was taken to Pontefract
General Infirmary where he remains in a critical condition.
The father found his son with a gunshot wound after
the pair were distracted by a bright light, she added.
West Yorkshire Police are trying to trace anyone who
was in the area around Whitwood Golf Course at the time of the incident.
"They are particularly interested in anyone who
may have seen or been using bright lights. The area is known to be
popular with lampers," the spokeswoman added.
Earlier this month, a 13-year-old boy died in Devon
after being shot during while out hunting at night.
Byron Evans was among a party of adults and teenagers
who were hunting on land near Harberton.
He died from a single bullet wound and it is thought
one of the adults may have mistaken him for a fox.
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Published: 2004/09/24 10:41:24 GMT
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