Tyre firm's boss escapes injury in airgun attack
A TRURO man was lucky to escape uninjured after being targeted by air rifle shooters.
Mike Burrell was forced to take cover after he came under fire at his business in Newham.
Police said Mr Burrell could have suffered serious injury in the attack on Saturday afternoon.
Mr Burrell was on a mobile phone at his MJB Tyres business on Edhen Park and had already heard the sound of an air rifle firing nearby.
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He said: "When I got into the car park all of a sudden the shooting activity increased dramatically and they were hitting things around me.
"At some points they were only missing me by about a foot.
"I was probably shot at up to 20 times. It was an automatic weapon. I got out of there as quickly as I could and phoned the police."
Mr Burrell believes the attackers were engaged in target practice from a nearby field and had fired at him when they saw him rather than targeting him personally.
He was concerned that the people responsible might not have been aware of the potential consequences of firing an airgun.
He said: "I don't think they are lethal but if it hits you in the eye it will probably blind you. These gas-powered ones are more powerful. It was making quite a noise when it hit the roof."
Sergeant Simon Taylor, from Truro police, said ball bearings, a target and a gas canister to power the rifle were found in a field overlooking Mr Burrell's business.
He said: "It could do serious damage to an eye and I think it's reckless. They were also firing at a target with nothing to stop the ball bearings going beyond."
Anybody with any information is asked to contact the police on 101.