Girls shot while playing in street
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.
It is thought the BB gun was fired from a window within a block of flats near Kharli's gran's home.
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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.
Kharli's mum Rebecca Morris, of Meadow Lane, Milehouse, said: "I heard Kharli's screams and knew something was wrong so I ran straight out.
"She was crying and shouting 'they have shot me in the heart Mummy'."
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."
A person must be over 18 to buy a BB gun. It cannot be carried in a public place unless it is unloaded and placed in a carrier-type bag.
Kharli's grandmother Valerie Morris, aged 53, who works as a care manager, added: "These weapons are very dangerous. I don't think anyone should be able to buy them."
Kharli did not need hospital treatment following the incident at 5.30pm on Sunday.
A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: "The young girl was very upset after being hit by what appeared to be BB gun pellets in the chest.
"Fortunately she did not require medical treatment. Our investigations are ongoing and we are appealing for any witnesses to come forward."
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.
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."
Witnesses to the shooting should call Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 625 of September 2, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.