A teenage boy is lucky not to have lost an eye after he was shot in the face by a stranger with a ball-bearing gun in a ‘mindless and motiveless assault’.
The 16-year-old was walking down Warren Road in Wickersley, Rotherham, when he was shot at twice from a passing car.
Police are now hunting the culprit in the vehicle, which was heading towards Northfield Lane at the time.
PC Sean Dawson, leading the investigation, said: “The teenager was shot twice and one of the pellets caused a nasty cut about two centimetres from his eye.
“There is a very real chance that if the ball-bearing had hit him just half an inch away from where it did, he would have lost the sight in his eye.”
The victim, from Bramley, was attacked at around 4.45pm on Sunday.
PC Dawson added: “The only description we have of the car was it was a small black one. I would urge anybody who knows anything about this to call South Yorkshire Police. We need to find those responsible for this mindless and motiveless assault.
“Extensive enquiries have been ongoing since the attack took place, and now police are appealing to members of the public for their assistance.”
Officers have carried out door-to-door inquiries in the area in a bid to try to identify the gunman.
Anyone who buys or owns a BB gun must be over the age of 18 and a member of a soft-air club.
In UK law they are considered to be an imitation firearm and therefore illegal to carry in public.
Call 101 if you have any information.