11-Year-Old Shot in the Head While Retrieving Ball

LEYLAND, ENGLAND – An 11-year-old boy in Leyland, Lancashire is recovering after being shot in the head while climbing a fence to retrieve a ball. The incident, which occurred in the boy’s backyard, has raised concerns about children’s safety while playing outdoors. Authorities are actively investigating the incident and have identified a person of interest as the investigation continues.

According to the Lancashire Police press release, the unnamed boy was playing with friends when the ball went over a fence. Determined to retrieve it, he climbed over the fence and was struck in the head by a metal pellet fired from what is believed to be an air weapon.

The victim suffered a fractured skull and underwent surgery at Alder Hey Hospital. Detective Constable Paul Brown, from South CID, emphasized that the injuries were significant and emphasized the unfortunate reality that the boy could have been killed.

Detective Inspector Paul Mulrooney expressed gratitude to those who have provided information and assured the community that there is no wider risk. The police have identified a person of interest, who is also a juvenile, and are urging anyone with further information to come forward.

The boy is expected to recover fully, but the incident serves as a reminder of the potential dangers faced by children in seemingly safe environments. Investigations are ongoing, and authorities are working to ensure that justice is served in this troubling case.