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Last Updated: Thursday, 7 April, 2005, 16:01 GMT 17:01 UK
Boy shot in head by airgun pellet
Tyler Scott and his sister Jodie (Picture from Lothian and Borders Police)
Tyler Scott and his sister Jodie (Picture from Lothian and Borders Police)
A six-year-old child has been shot in the head by an airgun in Edinburgh.

Tyler Scott was playing with his friends in the Muirhouse area at about 1600 BST on Wednesday when he felt a sharp pain in his head.

An x-ray revealed a single air gun pellet was lodged in his head. He is to undergo surgery but the injury is not life-threatening.

There have been calls to ban airguns after a two-year-old boy was fatally injured in Glasgow last month.

Detective Inspector John McMonagle, of Lothian and Borders Police, said: "This was an extremely serious incident which could have had far more tragic consequences.

Leanne Scott
I've not really had time for it to quite sink in yet
Leanne Scott, Tyler's mother

"The child came home at 1600 BST, obviously with this head injury, and we haven't really had a chance to interview him fully yet because of his age and the fact that he's being treated at the moment.

"We're unsure yet if this was possibly an incident where youngsters were playing with an air gun or whether it was actually something more sinister."

Tyler's mum, Leanne, said the realisation of what had happened to her son had not sunk in.

She said: "We've just been trying to get through it, he's had his surgery and we're pretty much waiting to go.

"I've not really had time for it to quite sink in yet."

The incident comes a month after the death of toddler Andrew Morton in Glasgow prompted calls for legislation on airguns to be tightened.

His grandmother Isa McGhie told BBC Scotland that the family was thankful Tyler's life was not in danger.

Andrew Morton died after being shot by an airgun
Andrew Morton died after being shot by an airgun last month

She said they were all disappointed and frustrated that air weapons had not been banned since Andrew's death.

Margaret Smith, the Liberal Democrat MSP for Edinburgh West, said she was "very, very concerned" about Wednesday's shooting in Pennywell Medway behind Muirhouse Parkway.

"The executive have taken some action already by tightening up restrictions which they did in the Criminal Justice Act and Anti-Social Behaviour Act," she went on.

"But I think there is probably a case for it being tightened up further. I don't see why anybody needs to have an airgun, certainly in an urban environment."

The MSP said she would be writing to the Justice Minister, Cathy Jamieson, to ensure the Edinburgh incident was brought to her attention.

Licensing system

The first minister has said he planned to discuss with the Home Office the introduction of a licensing system for airguns or having them banned them completely.

Jack McConnell told Holyrood that doing nothing about airguns was not an option in Scotland.

The SNP said the control of firearms should be devolved to the Scottish Parliament.

Scotland needed its own Firearms Act to restrict the sale and use of real and replica weapons and airguns, it said.

A 27-year-old man has appeared in court accused of firing an air weapon or similar instrument at Andrew Morton.

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