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Boy, 10, killed during airgun game

A 10-YEAR-OLD boy has died from injuries apparently inflicted with his father’s airgun while playing aninnocent game of cowboys and Indians.

Rhys Johnson died within hours of undergoing an emergency operation on Sunday.

Shocked neighbour, Sonia Hixson, 76, said that she believed the schoolboy had apparently been shot twice.

South Wales police remain on the scene at Llansamlet, Swansea, after they were called to the boy’s family home at 6.15pm on Sunday.

An area in a lane at the rear of the property alsoremains sealed off.

Police refused to comment on local speculation surrounding the number of shots fired and the type of weapon used. They described the schoolboy’s injury has having been inflicted by “an air weapon”.

A 12-year-old boy is assisting officers with their investigation.

Parents, Wendy and David Johnson, and sister Ashley, 13, were said to be “inconsolable”.

Hixson said she witnessed paramedics battling frantically to save Rhys in the moments before he was driven to hospital. She also described how the Rhys’s young friend was screaming hysterically at the scene.

“I thought that they were playing cowboy and Indians like they do. I did not know that it was a real gun.”

She said it was believed locally that the gun used in the tragedy belonged to the boy’s father and had been stored in a shed.


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