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Last Updated: Thursday, 3 March, 2005, 15:58 GMT
Boy 'serious' after pellet injury
Andrew Morton
Andrew Morton had been walking with his brother
A two-year-old boy who was hit by an airgun pellet in the Easterhouse area of Glasgow is said to be in a "very serious" condition in hospital.

Andrew Morton is being treated at the Southern General Hospital after being struck on the head on Wednesday evening while walking in Cambusdoon Road.

His mother, Sharon McMillan, told a radio station that she did not know whether her son would pull through.

A firefighter was also hit by a pellet attending a call at the same time.

However, the 34-year-old was not injured in the incident in Cambusdoon Road shortly before 1900 GMT.

Line of fire

A police spokeswoman said: "The fact both incidents took place in the same street at around the same time would suggest that the person or persons responsible were one and the same.

"While the fire crew were putting out a kitchen fire, they were being shot at.

"It could be the case that the boy was just walking up the street and was in line of fire."

Ms McMillan told Real Radio that Andrew and his brother Brian had gone to get chips for dinner, but returned to the family home screaming.

I just don't know if he's going to make it
Sharon McMillan

"I put my hand at the back of his head and it was all blood," she said.

"I asked the fireman to come and see him and they told me he had been shot in the head."

Andrew was taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary before being transferred to the Southern General, which specialises in head injuries.

"The bullet is so far in his head that it has burst major blood vessels," said Ms McMillan.

"They don't know if he is going to pull through. I just don't know if he's going to make it."

Police closed off the car park where the incident took place as officers carried out a fingertip search on Thursday.

Serious incident

Officers will also be carrying out door-to-door inquiries in the area.

One local resident, 35-year-old Dorothy Bryant, said: "It is absolutely appalling.

"Everyone here is shocked and it makes you scared for your own wee ones.

"I hope the police get whoever did this before anyone else from here does."

Local Labour MSP Margaret Curran, who visited the area on Thursday, said: "I'm gravely distressed by this serious incident.

"My thoughts are with this young boy and his family."

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