AN ELDERLY woman was lucky not to be blinded after she was shot in the face in broad daylight.
She was walking outside of a supermarket when a gang of young teens fired at her from bushes with an air weapon.
Police say the incident outside of Aldi, in Dunston Road, Hartlepool, could have had a “serious impact” on the victim, who is in her late 70s.
The pellet struck the woman close to one of her eyes.
Officers investigating have slammed the yobs for their “unacceptable behaviour”.
Acting Sergeant Paul Smith, of Hartlepool Police, said: “This could have had a serious impact on the victim. It hit her very close to her eye. There was a group of youths seen in bushes and one of them is thought to have had an air weapon.”
Acting Sgt Smith said the woman was shaken by her ordeal at 3.35pm on Sunday, June 10, but “didn’t want any fuss”.
She had seen three boys, aged around 13 years old, hiding in bushes at the side of the store.
One of the youths was wearing a red top and had fair hair and another of the youths had a dark complexion.
Acting Sgt Smith added: “We need to find out who has done this.
“Someone must know who is responsible for this unacceptable behaviour.
“We need further information and would ask people to come forward as we are confident they can be identified.”
Any witnesses to the incident are asked to contact Acting Sgt Smith on the non-emergency 101 number or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.