Police appeal after man shot on construction site in Knowle

September 23 2021
Police appeal after man shot on construction site in Knowle

A man has been shot in the leg whilst working on a building site in Knowle.

By Lindsey Cole

The machine operator, who would like to remain anonymous, felt a sharp impact pain on his right leg whilst driving a JCB Excavator at Innes Court at 4.45pm on September 6.

The 68-year-old man said: “I started work in the morning, making trial pits to see what the foundations are like to see if it is stable to build on. I started to dig the last pit and suddenly felt a sharp pain. I thought something had flown up from the excavator.”

When the man’s colleagues helped bandage the wound up they said it made an impact that looked like an air rifle pellet, and called the police.

“Police confirmed it was a pellet wound and told me to go to the walk in centre at Hengrove,” the man said.

The bullet buried itself deep into his calf and still remains there today.

“The doctor said the pellet is best to stay where it is, so it is less likely to get infected.

“Luckily, I was wearing shorts, because it was a hot day. They said if I was wearing trousers the pellet would have taken fabric with the impact and infected my leg.”

The self-employed contractor has been unable to work since the incident.

“I’m going to be out of pocket this week, as it’s too painful to walk on and I don’t want it to get worse. I don’t need this sort of thing at my age.” 

PC Andrew Leitch said: “This is a concerning incident in which the victim was shot at while operating a mechanical digger.

“It was a mindless and reckless act which could have had serious consequences. We’re appealing for anyone in the community with information to come forward as soon as possible.”

If you saw this incident, or have information on who was involved, please call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5221206581.

Photo: Inns Court Avenue area where the construction worker was shot by an air rifle