School boy recovering after being shot

Last updated 13:12 13/12/2012

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A Napier school boy is recovering from surgery after he had to have an airgun pellet removed from his back.

The 12-year-old boy was allegedly shot by three teenagers as he left Tamatea Intermediate School on Tuesday afternoon. He was walking his bike out of the school when he was hit in the back by a pellet that travelled 55 metres. The airgun was fired from a nearby property on Coventry Ave.

Zaymon Arapeta Waihape, 17 appeared in Napier District Court this week in relation to the incident. Waihape entered no plea to possessing an airgun without a firearms licence, discharging an airgun and causing injury by carelessly using an airgun. He was remanded on bail until January.

Senior Sergeant Stuart Fleming said the two 16-year-old boys involved were being dealt with by Police Youth Aid.

Tamatea Intermediate School principal Roy Sye said the injured boy was ‘‘doing well’’ after having the pellet removed during surgery. He was now recovering at home.

Mr Sye was relieved no-one was more seriously hurt from the incident.

‘‘The total randomness and stupidity of people discharging a slug gun in a built up area, next door to a school, is what shocks us the most.’’

Mr Sye was grateful to his staff for their ‘‘quick and professional actions’’ in responding to the incident.

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- The Dominion Post

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