A lancer shot dead with an airgun refused to go to the emergency room until the game was over

A WOMAN in her 90s who was shot in the leg with an airgun while playing boules insisted on stopping her game before being taken to the emergency room.

Other players, a woman and two men, were also hit by ball bearings but were unharmed in the Aug. 31 attack at Lancing Bowling Club.

According to Sussex Police, a group of young people were seen running away from the scene but police officers were unable to locate them.

Frances Johnston, the club’s safety officer, said: “We had a normal club afternoon of bowling. There were ten of us, six down at one end and four at the other end.

“All of a sudden the six down at one end felt something they thought people were throwing rocks at them, they didn’t know what it was.

“I went down to see what was going on and a lady had a round lead bullet in her leg.”

Ms Johnston said the shots must have come from a small gap in the wire netted hedge, adding: “Obviously they fired through the wire netting.

“Someone ran out of the bowling club to see if they could arrest them and all they could see were youngsters running away.

“I took everyone to the clubhouse and managed to clean the wound of this elderly lady in her 90’s who had a puncture.

“She had a hole in her leg, it went straight in. I managed to remove the bullet. They all insisted on playing their game, so I later took them to the ER for a tetanus shot.

“It was really quite shocking. We found about 12 rockets on the bowling green, some the size of a large pea.

“We called the police and they came and took the ball bearings and they’re looking for the youths who did this.

“It was one of those crazy incidents, I think. We just hope nothing else happens.”

The Argus: The woman was in the middle of a bowling game when she was shot in the legThe woman was in the middle of a bowling game when she was shot in the leg

Sussex Police are appealing for witnesses to help them locate the attackers and said they would be more visible in the area where the crime took place this week.

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A spokesman said: “A report was received of an airgun being fired around the Lancing Bowls Club in Manor Road at 2.25pm ​​on Wednesday.

“One person – a woman in her 90s – suffered minor injuries. A group of young people were seen running from the scene.

“Officials were present and conducted an extensive search of the area but were unable to locate them.

“Neighborhood Police Officers will have a visible presence in the area in the coming days.”

Councilor Carol Albury, who is representing Manor Ward at Lancing, said Sussex Police had agreed to hold a briefing at Lancing Manor at 4pm on Friday.

“The absolute shock and disgust that this could happen in broad daylight and these guys are carrying around these guns or airguns,” she said.

“It was busy at 2:20 p.m. in the afternoon. There was no way anyone would expect it. There were many children around.

“With the potential to shoot, hit someone… it wasn’t an accident, they obviously used them as targets, it was incredible.”

In response to the witness call, she said: “I think it was pressured because of the amount of press coverage it got.

“Unfortunately, the police are overwhelmed. They’ve said they’ll be walking the park more, which in itself is a huge deterrent.

“We have a lot of these young teenagers who have nothing to do.”

The councilor also said famed Brighton boxer Scott Welch is currently setting up a program with Lancing Parish Council to employ teenagers.

“It’s still in its infancy,” she says.

“He’s done it before, in London and Brighton, he gets a building and sets up things that these kinds of youngsters can do.

“Maybe that’s the answer because there’s nothing to do for that age group.”

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