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Halloween shooter remanded in custody

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16:28 CET+01:00
A man who shot and injured a 13-year-old girl on Halloween has been remanded in custody in Eisenstadt, Burgenland.

The court told the Austrian Press Agency that the man will be held for 14 days as there is a danger that he may re-offend. After two weeks a detention review hearing will be held.

He was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder or trying to inflict deliberate, serious injury.

The 13-year-old, who is a talented runner, is recovering in hospital and is said to be doing well. She was shot as she and a group of friends were out walking in Großhöflein.

She was shot with a small caliber gun and hit in the pelvis. At first she assumed she had been hit by a firework but an x-ray examination showed she had a gunshot wound. She may need to have an operation. 

Prosecutor Roland Koch said he could not comment on the suspect’s motive for the shooting as the investigation is still ongoing. A weapon was seized and the suspect was arrested at the weekend.

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