Boy shot in head by BB gun in Manchester phone robbery

Police efit Image copyright Police
Image caption The gunman is described as about 20 years old with short ginger hair

A 14-year-old boy has had surgery to remove a ball bearing from the back of his head after being shot by a man who was trying to steal his phone.

The boy was walking with a friend along a cut-through between Belthorne Avenue and Moston Lane in North Manchester, police said.

The boys were approached by two men who demanded their phones.

They refused and were shot with a gas-powered BB gun. The second boy was cut on the side of the head and ear.

Police have now released an e-fit image of the gunman.

He is described as about 20-years-old with short ginger hair and a light ginger beard, about 5ft 11ins (1.8m) tall, of stocky build and wearing jeans and a light grey hoodie.

His accomplice was of a similar age with dark hair, about 6ft (1.82m) tall and had what police described as a full black beard.

Det Con Mike Keogh said: "To fire a BB gun at someone's head from point-blank range is an horrific thing to do.

"Had the pellet hit the face or an eye then this could easily have been a murder investigation."

He appealed for anyone who witnessed the attack on 4 March or who can identify the "distinctive pair" to come forward.

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