Mum in plea on gun laws after girl is shot with BB gun
THE mother of a second schoolgirl shot with a BB gun near her home has called for tighter regulations on the use of the firearms.
Eight-year-old Megan Bithell was shot in the back as she played in her street with young friend Kharli Morris.
The two Hempstalls Primary School pupils had been making a den in the Cross Heath street when they were struck with the pellets.
An investigation is ongoing to try and find the gunman.
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Megan's mum Julie Bithell, aged 37, of Albemarle Road, Cross Heath, said: "There should be tighter regulations around BB guns because in my view they are a weapon when they fall into the wrong hands.
"You never expect something like this to happen when you let your daughter play out with a friend.
"We have lived here for 10 years and it is the first time we have had a problem."
Megan ran to Kharli's grandmother's house in Albemarle Road after being hit with one of the pellets at around 5.30pm on Sunday.
Megan and five-year-old Kharli, who lives in Meadow Lane, Milehouse, did not need hospital treatment.
Julie added: "As soon as I got that call I was straight round to check up on the girls.
"Megan was upset because it had given her a shock, being hit from behind.
"I don't understand why anybody would target two young girls."
It is thought the BB gun was fired from a window at the Ashfield Courts flats complex, which is also in Albemarle Road. The complex houses vulnerable people.
Julie added: "I am very angry about the shooting and we are waiting to hear if any arrests have been made.
"I think these types of gun are very dangerous and it makes you wonder why young people have them in the first place.
"Megan is now worried about playing out at home.
"She was wearing quite a thick dress on the day. But it still managed to give her a nasty red mark on her back."
Ashfields Court is owned by social landlord Aspire Housing.
Aspire managing director Wayne Hughes said: "Ashfields Court is a supported housing scheme for young people in Aspire-owned accommodation.
"A company, Action Housing, provides the support and management team on site.
"Action Housing helps vulnerable people to establish a home and live responsibly in society."
Anyone who knows who fired the BB gun should call police on 101.