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Baby boy fighting for life after sister accidentally shoots him in the head with airgun

Posted on 6:09 PM by Sameer Shah

A boy of 18 months was critically ill in hospital last night after his sister accidentally shot him in the head with their father's air rifle.

Toddler Rashid Rullah was playing in the back garden of the family home with his sisters, aged five and three.

The children's father, Bakht Zaman, was shooting at targets when his phone rang and he went indoors to answer it. Rashid's five-year- old sister Asna Allmas picked up the loaded weapon and it went off, hitting Rashid in the back of the head.



Mr Zaman dashed back outside when he heard the children screaming, saw his severely injured son and dialled 999 for an ambulance.

Last night Rashid remained unconscious in Birmingham Children's Hospital with his 29-year- old father and his mother, Fazilat, 25, at his bedside.

He was said to be in a critical but stable condition.

Police have questioned Mr Zaman, a handyman, about what happened. But no one was been arrested in connection with the incident, which happened at the family's mid-terrace home in the Washwood Heath area of Birmingham at around 6.40pm on Sunday.

Detective Inspector Simon Vowles of West Midlands Police said: 'This does appear to be a tragic accident involving young children.'

The boy's grandfather Bakht Rammand, 48, said: 'The children were playing with their dad in the garden.

'He was target practising with the gun and then somebody rang his mobile. The gun was ready to fire and he answered the phone.





'Rashid's sister is really active and she got hold of the gun and pointed it at her brother. It hit him right in the middle of the back of his head. Everybody's in shock.'

He said doctors were unable to operate on the boy because he was still unconscious.

Next-door neighbour Robert Stacey, 50, said: 'On Sunday afternoon I saw the man doing target practice against some kind of shooting board in his back garden with an air rifle.

'I asked him if he was with a club and he said he was. I have to admit I wasn't very happy at this going on next door to me because it made a loud clacking noise and I don't like having guns so near.'

Another neighbour said: 'They are a nice family and are no trouble to anyone at all. The little boy is lovely.'

A resident of the street said: 'It's terrible that this has happened.

'You shouldn't have guns around young children.

'The police have been to question all the neighbours. I saw the ambulance arrive and that was the first I heard about it.'

The law governing the sale of air guns has recently been tightened up to make it illegal to sell them to anyone younger than 18.

The new rules, which came into effect last October, also mean that the guns can be sold only by registered firearms dealers.

Most air weapons do not require a firearms certificate but they still fall under the control of the firearms legislation.

For example, it is an offence to have an air weapon in a public place, or to have one with intent to damage property or to endanger life.

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