A 16-year-old girl was in a serious condition in an Australian hospital today after an ex-boyfriend shot her through the back with a crossbow.
She was expected to survive, said doctors at John Hunter hospital in the New South Wales town of Newcastle.
The crossbow bolt which entered the girl’s back and came out through her chest punctured a lung “but we can fix that,” said Dr Cameron Dart. “Fortunately it missed all vital blood vessels and organs.”
The crossbow bolt passed out of the girl’s chest and pierced both legs of a 15-year-old girl standing beside her, breaking bones in both limbs and lodging in one leg.
Police said they had charged a 16-year-old boy with attempted murder, two counts of maliciously wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and possession of a prohibited weapon.
They said the boy also threw a lit petrol bomb at one of the girls after shooting at them, and that he would also be charged with throwing an explosive.
He was refused bail and held in custody to face a children’s court tomorrow.
Detective Sergeant Peter Fox of Newcastle Police said the attack may have stemmed from a souring relationship the boy had with girl.
“We understand there was some sort of relationship between them in the past, we believe that a relationship has possibly triggered this,” he said.
Both of the wounded girls, pupils at Tomaree Education Centre, 120 miles north of Sydney, were flown to the hospital in Newcastle.
“It is nothing short of a miracle that this girl survived,” said paramedic who also called to school.
Fox praised the bravery of students who tackled the boy and who helped the injured girls. Some used their school shirts to stem the bleeding.