24 August 2005

Arrest in school shooting inquiry


**The man has since been released pending police reports

Darragh spent two months in hospital following the shooting

A 70-year-old man has been arrested by police investigating the shooting of a five-year-old boy outside his County Fermanagh school earlier this year.

Darragh Somers was shot in the head as he played outside Mullinaskea Primary School, near Enniskillen, on 22 April.

Darragh spent two months in hospital after he was struck by a bullet from a .22 rifle.

Detective Chief Inspector Nigel Kyle said no-one else was being sought over the shooting.

Detectives had previously said they believed the shooting was accidental and had appealed for whoever fired the shot to come forward.

DCI Kyle thanked the local community for their support

They said they believed Darragh was hit by someone shooting in nearby fields.

Mr Kyle said the investigation would not have been possible "without the full support of the local community".

"In particular, I would like to recognise the responsible approach adopted by all those whose rifles were seized for their patience during the period of time that it has taken to have them examined."

More than 50 weapons were seized and checked as part of the police investigation into the shooting.

Darragh was critically ill in hospital and went through two lengthy operations before he could return home.

Bernard O'Connor, headmaster of Darragh's school, said on Wednesday that he was expecting him back to begin primary two on 1 September.

"He's made, more or less, a miraculous recovery. He's able to run about, play, watch television, read and do all the normal things," he said.

"He has got a slight impairment in his left leg and left arm, but we hope that through time and with physiotherapy, he will be back to normal."

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