23 April 2005

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PSNI to quiz children after school shooting horror

23/04/2005 - 12:35:39

Police officers in Northern Ireland are today preparing to interview pupils, teachers and parents about an incident where a five-year-old boy was shot in the head in a school playground.

Darren Summers was shot yesterday lunchtime in the playground of Mullinaskea primary school in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh.

He was taken to Erne Hospital with serious head injuries and later transferred to the Royal Hospital in Belfast, where he was in a critical condition.

The five year-old, who lives with his parents Gerald and Janine Summers, in a housing estate in Drumbeg, just outside Enniskillen, was in his first year, known as primary one, at the Catholic school in Enniskillen.

Detectives are meeting today for a conference in Enniskillen to discuss the next steps in the investigation, including quizzing pupils, teachers and parents.

A spokesman for the PSNI said detectives were still trying to establish the weapon used in the shooting.

“It could have been a pellet gun – but it could have been a less serious or more serious weapon,” he said.

The local parish priest Fr Matthew Brady said the community was shocked by what had happened.

“We have to hope now that the young boy will be all right. That’s the main thing,” he said.

The Social Democratic Labour Party (SDLP) said the shooting was a horrific incident. “For those immediately around the boy at the time, the pupils, the teachers and other school staff, it was a very traumatic experience. But it’s shocked everybody in the area,” said local assembly member Tommy Gallagher.

He added that the shooting was alarming for all parents in the area.

“Like all of us, parents would assume when they leave their child at school that they’re safe. That’s a very distressing thing as well, that something like this could happen.”

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