Chatham-Kent police arrested a teenaged boy after a girl got shot in the mouth and face last night with a BB gun in Chatham.
Police say the trouble began when the youth saw his 15-year-old ex-girlfriend walking with friends Wednesday night just before 9 p.m. and approached. The two argued about their infant child, and the dispute escalated when the boy pulled out a BB gun and shot her in the mouth, according to police.
As the male ran away, he continued to shoot at the girl, police said, hitting her two more times in the face.
The girl was taken by ambulance to hospital for treatment, while police arrested a 16-year-old boy a short while later, seizing a BB gun.
“She’s lucky she only received minor injuries,” Renee Cowell of the Chatham-Kent Police Service said.
Cowell said the incident raises several alarms.
“This is a young male assaulting a young female. You hope the girls doesn’t fall into the realm of ‘this is the way men treat women,’” she said. “On the flip side, where as a society are we falling down here when a young man does this?”
The youth faces charges of assault, assault with a weapon and possession of a weapon.