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Three-Year-Old Girl Shot In Stomach In Hanworth Park, Feltham, London

27/08/2015 16:33 BST | Updated 27/08/2015 16:59 BST

A three-year girl was shot in the stomach in London in a "horrific" incident that could have been fatal, police have said.

She was playing in Hanworth Park, Feltham with her family and had been running from her mother to her grandfather when a loud noise, which sounded like an air rifle shot, rang out.

About 30 seconds later, the girl started to cry. Her family then realised she was bleeding and took her straight to hospital.

The girl was treated for a penetrating wound caused by an air weapon and underwent surgery to remove the pellet.

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The incident happened sometime between 6pm and 6.15pm on August 20. The girl spent two days in hospital and after the surgery.

Police said they believe a group of boys ran out of nearby bushes after the pellet was fired.

Detective Helen Larson said: "This was a horrific incident and we are appealing for anyone with information to contact police.

"This shooting could have been far worse, possibly fatal and we need to find the person or persons responsible.

"The little girl has now been released from hospital and is making a good recovery and her parents have told us she is well in herself. She will need a number of follow up appointments at the hospital in the coming weeks.

She added: "We have trawled CCTV and conducted searches of the area but this far have not found any leads which may help us identify who was responsible."

If you have any information please contact the detective constable at Hounslow CID on 020 8247 6160 or 101.

To report any information anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.