Air-gun pellet misses lung



THE air-gun pellet fired into the body of a 13-year-old boy last week ended up just millimetres from a lung, a family friend has revealed.

The woman, who did not want to be named, said surgeons had initially thought the pellet had lodged under his skin, after an alleged drive-by shooting in North Rockhampton on Thursday afternoon.

But during surgery in Rockhampton Hospital, they discovered it had entered his rib cage.

The expected 20 minute operation took a lot longer than anticipated, and the longer it went the more anxious the wait became for family and friends.

"I don't know how long it was but it seemed to take hours,'' the friend said.

"He was lucky.''

She said the boy's mother was still in shock about what had happened to her son, who is part Maori, amid allegations that the shooting was racially motivated.

"She can't believe this has happened to her son,'' she said.

"I can't believe this has happened in Rockhampton.''

The boy was cycling home from a BMX track with two friends when he was allegedly shot by a 17-year-old man in a car in Richardson Road about 4.30pm Thursday.



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