24 Feb 2011


Terror on the streets of Auchinleck as gunmen shoot pupils at random

Published Date: 24 February 2011
Edited by S W T Read: Feb:24;11.42am:2011
A school lunchtime turned to horror in a small Scottish town after 11 children were injured when two hooded teenagers went on an air gun rampage.
The pupils were walking near Auchinleck Academy in Ayrshire when two young men, believed to be aged 15 and 18, began shooting at them during a 25-minute spree.

Some youngsters were forced to dive for cover as others were left with wounds to their legs and upper bodies.

A massive police manhunt was launched after the attacks, in which the gunmen appeared to fire indiscriminately at the pupils enjoying their lunchbreak in streets around the school.

Two teenagers were later detained in connection with the incident.

Of those injured, at least one required an operation yesterday to remove a metal pellet from their leg.

Others were taken to Kilmarnock's Crosshouse Hospital for treatment, many driven there by local people who had witnessed the attacks. All the injured were aged between 12 and 16.

The rampage has heightened concerns about the easy availability of airguns, and will fuel calls for gun laws to be devolved from Westminster to Holyrood.

The Scottish Government wants to introduce a ban on unlicensed air weapons. 

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