Spennymoor family speak of shock over air rifle shooting of eight-year-old girl

A MOTHER has spoken of her shock after her eight-year-old daughter was shot with an air rifle as she played in the street.

Demi Solan was with a friend outside her house in Ullswater Close, Spennymoor, County Durham, when she was hit with a pellet from the weapon.

A second man living in the same street was also struck as he carried out minor repairs to his car. Both Demi and the 52-year-old unnamed man suffered minor bruising to the stomach and elbow respectively.

Police have launched an investigation and are hunting the mystery gunman who struck twice within a few minutes shortly after 5.20pm on Thursday, March 20.

Demi's mother Leanne said she could not believe it had happened in what she described as a quiet cul-de-sac.

"She was just playing in the street when something shot her in the stomach," she said. "She didn't realise what had happened at first as it didn't really hurt her.

"When her dad had a look he found the pellet was still caught in her coat so he phoned the police.

"We've handed it to the police so hopefully they will find out who did this."

Mrs Solan said her daughter had not really played outside since the incident, although she said she believed this was more down to the recent bad weather.

"It was so unusual," said Mrs Solan. "Nothing whatsoever like this has ever happened around here before.

"We saw the direction the shot came from. No-one saw anything and there were no other kids in the street at the time.

"We were shocked when it happened but thankfully Demi is fine."

She added: "Hopefully the police will be able to sort this out."

Police have sent three weapons away for forensic examination after seizing them from a property in Spennymoor earlier this week.

However, investigating officers are keen to stress there is nothing linking them with these incidents and enquiries are ongoing.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Detective Sergeant Paul Ryans at the serious crime team in Newton Aycliffe on 101, ext 6732678 or via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555-111.

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11:54am Sat 30 Mar 13

Magic Steve says...

2 separate people within minutes of each other!!!! Surely this is classed as attempted murder???? Hope they catch the braindead retards and give them a Borstal or Prison sentance.
2 separate people within minutes of each other!!!! Surely this is classed as attempted murder???? Hope they catch the braindead retards and give them a Borstal or Prison sentance. Magic Steve

12:31pm Sat 30 Mar 13

Voice-of-reality says...

Whilst it is deplorable that someone shot a child and another person, my quick perusal of Ullswater Close on Google Earth seems to indicate that the houses all have gardens. Perhaps the shooter (very inappropriately and criminally, obviously) is frustrated with people using the street - a thoroughfare - as their personal property when they have their own gardens?
Whilst it is deplorable that someone shot a child and another person, my quick perusal of Ullswater Close on Google Earth seems to indicate that the houses all have gardens. Perhaps the shooter (very inappropriately and criminally, obviously) is frustrated with people using the street - a thoroughfare - as their personal property when they have their own gardens? Voice-of-reality

5:57pm Sat 30 Mar 13

Kilma- says...

Voice-of-reality wrote:
Whilst it is deplorable that someone shot a child and another person, my quick perusal of Ullswater Close on Google Earth seems to indicate that the houses all have gardens. Perhaps the shooter (very inappropriately and criminally, obviously) is frustrated with people using the street - a thoroughfare - as their personal property when they have their own gardens?
you can't be serious
[quote][p][bold]Voice-of-reality[/bold] wrote: Whilst it is deplorable that someone shot a child and another person, my quick perusal of Ullswater Close on Google Earth seems to indicate that the houses all have gardens. Perhaps the shooter (very inappropriately and criminally, obviously) is frustrated with people using the street - a thoroughfare - as their personal property when they have their own gardens?[/p][/quote]you can't be serious Kilma-

6:17pm Sat 30 Mar 13

Voice-of-reality says...

I am totally serious - the crime was shocking. I fail to see how you could not agree.
I am totally serious - the crime was shocking. I fail to see how you could not agree. Voice-of-reality

10:53am Sun 31 Mar 13

Snilly says...

There are a lot of lowlife feral scum in Spennymoor sadly this comes as no surprise. As for not playing in the street what planet do you come from? Ullswater Close is a cul-de-sac not a thoroughfare with a small community spirit the person responsible will be known to them and will get caught. My guess is that its kids that think its funny!
There are a lot of lowlife feral scum in Spennymoor sadly this comes as no surprise. As for not playing in the street what planet do you come from? Ullswater Close is a cul-de-sac not a thoroughfare with a small community spirit the person responsible will be known to them and will get caught. My guess is that its kids that think its funny! Snilly

11:35am Sun 31 Mar 13

Voice-of-reality says...

Streets are not playgrounds and a cul-de-sac is still a thoroughfare between and betwixt residences.
Streets are not playgrounds and a cul-de-sac is still a thoroughfare between and betwixt residences. Voice-of-reality

9:45am Mon 1 Apr 13

Snilly says...

Voice-of-reality says...

Streets are not playgrounds and a cul-de-sac is still a thoroughfare between and betwixt residences.

So it's OK to shoot a kid for playing in the street?
Voice-of-reality says... Streets are not playgrounds and a cul-de-sac is still a thoroughfare between and betwixt residences. So it's OK to shoot a kid for playing in the street? Snilly

12:49pm Mon 1 Apr 13

Voice-of-reality says...

Do try to keep up and read the entire post.
Do try to keep up and read the entire post. Voice-of-reality

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