Teenage victim was shot in the eye with air rifle
A TEENAGER seriously injured in a firearms incident at his home had been shot in the eye with an air rifle.
The 19-year-old last night remained in a 'critical' condition at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire as medics treated his serious eye wound.
Three people arrested in connection with the shooting have now been bailed as police continue to investigate exactly what happened.
The teenager was found with a serious head injury at his home in Moorhouse Avenue, Alsager, on Sunday night.
Neighbours have spoken of their shock at the extent of the man's injuries.
Father-of-one Gerald Doig, aged 65, said: "We knew nothing about the shooting until the next morning, but we've now heard he was shot in the eye. The people in that house are relatively new to the area.
"My daughter heard about the incident on Facebook and the rumour on the street is it happened by accident."
A 79-year-old grandfather-of-four, who lives in Moorhouse Avenue and asked not to be named, said: "What I have heard is that a row blew up and then someone in the house took an air rifle out of the cupboard and did not realise the gun was loaded.
"I wasn't shocked at all. The police are always in the area."
A 50-year-old neighbour added: "I keep well away from that part of the street."
Emergency services treated the victim, who has not been named, at the scene before taking him to hospital.
Police arrested a 20-year-old man, who has not been named but lives in the Alsager area, at the house and questioned him on suspicion of assault.
Two 18-year-olds – an Alsager man and a Rode Heath woman – were later arrested in connection with removing the firearm.
The woman was also questioned on suspicion of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.
A Cheshire Police spokesman said: "The victim remains in a critical condition in hospital.
"The three suspects have been bailed to a future date pending further inquiries."
Witnesses to the shooting should call Cheshire Police in 101.