Police in Surrey are investigating after a 12-year-old boy was shot with a pellet gun while playing in a Surrey park on Sunday evening.
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According to Surrey RCMP, the incident to place just before 6 pm, as the boy was sledding in Hillcrest Park.
The victim was shot with a pellet gun and received minor injuries to his neck and face as a result of the incident.
He was able to make it home after the incident, where the police were then notified.
Officers quickly attended the area along with the Integrated Police Service Dog and conducted patrols and attempted to track the suspects from where they were last seen, but to no avail.
Now, investigators believe that two males – who may also be youths – “purposefully discharged their pellet guns at the 12-year-old and then fled the area.”
One of the suspects was wearing a black jacket, black toque and a camouflage face mask. The second suspect was wearing grey pants and a black hat. Both suspects were allegedly carrying assault-style looking pellet rifles.
“It is important for adults and youth alike to understand that not only is discharging an air rifle in a park in violation of City bylaws, assaulting another person with one of these firearms is also a crime,” said Surrey RCMP Insp. Warren Tyson. “Many people may not realize that these types of rifles are not toys and may cause serious and life altering injuries.”
Police are asking anyone information about this incident to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502. Those who wish to leave an anonymous tip can do so by contacting Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or leaving a tip online.