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Last Updated: Friday, 17 June, 2005, 15:12 GMT 16:12 UK
Father's relief shot boy 'better'
Darragh facing questions from waiting media
Darragh faced questions from waiting reporters at the hospital
A five-year-old boy, shot outside his County Fermanagh school, is back home after almost two months in hospital.

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

Police believe the shooting was accidental and have appealed to whoever fired the shot to come forward.

He went through two lengthy operations and was critically ill at Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children. His father, Gerald, thanked medical staff.

"What can you say - they've just done a great job. Everybody has been marvellous," he said.

"Doctors, nursing staff and even cleaners have kept him happy and joking."

Darragh Somers clutching his cuddly toy
Darragh spent almost two months in hospital
Darragh was shot in the head by a bullet from a .22 rifle.

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

On Friday, Detective Chief Inspector Nigel Kyle said that until test results were returned, police could not say whether the weapon used was illegal.

"We have interviewed a considerable number of legal weapons holders," he said.

It may be that the person who fired the shot feels too scared to come forward but there is still time to do that
Chief Inspector Nigel Kyle
PSNI
"If anyone who has not yet spoken to police has relevant information, no matter how insignificant they feel it may be, we would like to hear from them."

The detective said that the police were delighted Darragh was getting out of hospital and wished him a speedy recovery.

"It is now almost two months since Darragh was shot and it may be that the person who fired the shot feels too scared to come forward but there is still time to do that," he said.

"As we have said from the outset, it would be better if that person approaches us voluntarily."

Police have previously said they believe Darragh was hit by someone shooting in nearby fields.




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