A GREAT-grandmother says she is fearful of leaving home after she was shot with an airgun while walking her dog.
Doreen Carr was at the back of her house in Wigan Lower Road, Standish Lower Ground, when a pellet thudded into her stomach, sending her reeling.
The shaken 76-year-old says she is lucky she wasn’t more seriously hurt, or that her 10-year-old lurcher-collie cross Jack wasn’t killed.
Police have launched an investigation into the sniper attack, which took place at 6.40pm last Friday, and are believed to have seized an air pistol that has since been voluntarily handed over to them by someone not said to be the suspect.
Former caretaker and barmaid Mrs Carr said the paramedics who examined her told her that she had been fortunate not to have been more seriously injured.
While the pellet, which she has retrieved, caused a painful and large bruise, it did not break her skin.
But the crime has left her badly shaken. The grandmother-of-four said: “I still have to take the dog out, but it has left me very wary.
“I was at the back gate of my own home when it happened. too. which makes it even more frightening and intrusive.
“I never heard a thing, but something hit me in the stomach.
“There was a horrible pain and I staggered backwards. If the fence hadn’t been there I would have fallen down.
“The young man from next door shouted that it was ‘those young lads up there’ and pointed to a group of boys.
“I ran to where he had pointed, but they had gone.
“ Someone told me the name of the person responsible, but it wasn’t a name I was familiar with.
“Something needs to be done about people like this and these weapons.
“It could have been much worse. If a pellet like that hit my dog or me in the face and it could be fatal.”
A spokesman for Wigan Police said: “Just before 6.50pm on Friday September 9, police were called to Wigan Lower Road, Shevington, Wigan, following reports a woman had been shot with an air rifle.
“On arrival, police discovered a woman in her 70s had received a minor injury to the stomach.
“Inquiries are ongoing.”