Youths use slingshot to fire deadly metal sinkers in attack

WHEN Oliver Williams heard a projectile whiz past his ear and crash into a Lismore bus shelter on Wednesday, the last thing he expected was to be in the crosshairs of a teenager armed with a slingshot.

After realising he'd just had a volley of fishing sinkers shot at him, the 17-year-old looked across Hindmarsh St from outside Trinity Catholic College about 3.20pm and spotted his attacker with two other people.

"I was just sitting at the bus shelter with my headphones on and I heard something fly past my ear, then I noticed some things hitting the bus shelter," said the Blue Hills College student.

Oliver said he saw two men, aged between 18 and 19 years, as well as a younger girl across the road.

"I saw one of them try to hide and I confronted them and they were firing little sinkers at me," he said.

"Just one of the men was armed with the slingshot."

Soon Oliver was on the phone to police.

"They were out the front of a house but they went inside when they saw me on my phone," he said.

"Probably 10 minutes later the police arrived but I didn't get to see what happened because I had to catch the bus.

"As the police came past I pointed to the three people because they were trying to get away in a white car with green P-plates."

Oliver's mother said being struck by a fishing sinker propelled from a slingshot could have fatal consequences.

She said hundreds of school children used the bus shelters outside Trinity.

"This is a lethal weapon that could have got his eye or hit him in the temple and killed him," she said.

"If it would have been a smaller person they could have been dead."

Oliver and his mum had reported the incident to Lismore police and it was now under investigation.



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