Five-year-old Kharli Morris was shot in the chest as she played outside her grandmother's house. The schoolgirl was struck by a pellet fired from a BB gun.
Another girl was then hit in the back by a second pellet as the two youngsters played in Albemarle Road, Cross Heath.Who could do such a thing?
It is thought the BB gun was fired from a window within a block of flats near Kharli's gran's home. Now police are hunting the gunman who targeted the two girls.
Officers are being supported by social landlord Aspire Housing which owns the Ashfield Court flats complex used to house vulnerable people.Ah. Say no more.
Kharli, who attends Hempstalls Primary School, in Newcastle, has been left with a large red blister by the force of the pellet.
And Rebecca says she heard clapping and laughing coming from the flats complex following the shooting.
The 30-year-old cleaner added: "I am so angry. It is such a cowardly and horrible thing to do, especially to a child.
"If she had ducked at the sound of the gun going off it could have blinded her. We want these people found and thrown out of the flats – it is disgusting behaviour."No, no, you don’t understand! These people are the victims here, not the children!
Ashfields Court is a supported housing scheme for young people. It is aimed at helping vulnerable people establish a home and live responsibly in society.It’s failing, clearly.
Aspire Housing managing director Wayne Hughes said: "We do not tolerate anti-social behaviour and our thoughts are with the family. The incident is under investigation and we are working with the police to provide our full support and co-operation."So, what are you actually doing about it? Or is that ‘nothing, in case it affects our profits’..?
“Can't help noticing that whenever lowlife crime surfaces in press in Newcastle area, Aspire Housing is mentioned. Does this housing association even bother to vet anyone? Or are they simply taking in all & sundry as tenants, regardless of criminal history, just to pocket housing benefit? If the latter, God help the decent tenants stuck in some of their properties!”Indeed…