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Students shot with pellet gun

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An 11-year-old boy is considered lucky after he was shot in the face by a pellet gun Monday afternoon and escaped serious injury.

Hank Vande Kraats, principal of Calvin Christian Elementary school in North Kildonan, said the boy was one of two children shot while they were out on a walk with their teacher and classmates to the neighbourhood 7-Eleven store.

Vande Kraats said the boy is at home, in good condition but the pellet remains lodged in the boy's face and will be removed when surgery can be scheduled.

"It's very disturbing," Vande Kraats said tonight. "Someone deliberately aimed at our students, was hiding from view. We really hope the police find this individual."

A 12-year old girl was hit but she didn't require treatment.

"I heard a sound like a twig snapped and then my arm was stinging," Camille Wall, 12, said. "I thought I got hit by a rock."

Vande Kraats said the students were with their Grade 6 class and teacher, on a short walk from their school on Sutton Avenue to the neighbourhood 7-Eleven on Henderson Highway for a treat of Slurpees at about 1 p.m.

Wall said she was wearing a long-sleeved sweater and didn't think anything about the incident but on the way back to class, the boy was hit.

"He was bleeding a lot and they had to take him to hospital,"

Wall's mother, Michelle Wall, said it appears the pellets were fired from behind the 7-Eleven store. Police interviewed school officials and the children, and later canvassed the area, she said, but weren't able to get a lead on who fired the shots.

Camille said after her friend was shot she took off her sweater and saw that she too had been shot by a pellet. Her skin was broken and lightly bleeding. She was treated with ice.

"I was a little scared when it happened but not anymore," Camille said, adding she plans to return to school Tuesday.

Vande Kraats said the boy was taken to hospital, where doctors said he was in no immediate danger and that surgery to remove the pellet will be set for a later time. The boy was released and is home tonight and in good spirits, he said, but added he remains concerned about the incident.

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 23, 2008 $sourceSection$sourcePage

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