Shot in the Head 11th September 2014

A young girl from was shot in head in Spring Hill, Northiam, East Sussex in what the police called a ‘domestic incident’ on 11th September 2014. She is reported to be in a “life-threatening” condition.

A man thought to be her father has been found dead.

The girl, of primary school age, was taken to King’s College Hospital in London with a “serious” gunshot wound.

Police said it was a “domestic incident” and that they do not believe anyone else was involved. They are not treating the death as suspicious.

Armed officers who went to the scene after reports a gunman was at large found the man’s body in a car parked outside the address. The area around Spring Hill has been sealed off by police investigators.

Sussex Police confirmed the girl and the man were known to each other.

Chief Superintendent Neil Honnor said: “We are treating this as a tragic domestic incident and do not believe that anyone else is involved. At this stage we are not in a position to confirm the relationships of all those involved but we can say that the girl and the man knew each other. The man does not live at the address. We are treating this as an isolated incident and there is no evidence that any other members of the public are at risk.”

Villager Anthony Burr said: “At round 4pm, I came back and heard what I thought was a firearm about 200 yards from our house.”

Sussex Police spoke to local residents, partly to get information about the incident, but also in an attempt to reassure them. The key message they have been trying to get out is that the incident has been contained.

Note: This report was drawn from a report on the BBC.

FOD Comment: Once again we note that police officers refer to life threatening violence against women and girls as “a tragic domestic incident”, thus minimising its seriousness. In fact, this shooting appears to have been attempted murder of a child by a man who then apparently killed himself. This is not “tragic”. It is an outrage and a heinous crime.

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