The two victims of an alleged shooting in Horsham have told how they were injured in the incident on Sunday (August 11).
Max Cave, 21, spoke to the County Times just minutes before he was taken into surgery at East Surrey Hospital in Redhill yesterday (Monday August 12).
He suffered a puncture wound in his abdomen after the incident in Market Square yesterday.
The young man was free running on roof tops with friend Luke Harty, who was also hit by air gun pellets, at around 5pm.
Mr Cave said: “All I felt was the pain, and I heard the noise. I looked down and I was bleeding, and I had no idea why.
“We got down and I thought I was the only one who had been hit, but then I heard lots of screaming.
“You’d think it happens maybe in London but I don’t think I have ever heard of [something like this happening] in Horsham.”
Mr Harty, who suffered puncture wounds to his arm and back, said he was shot as the pair tried to make their escape.
He explained: “It is pretty scary, you just don’t know what is going to happen when someone is pointing a gun at you.
“I figured it was an air rifle when Max got shot, and I knew they don’t do too much damage, but if he had aimed for the face who knows what could have happened.”
The teenager flew to Japan for a karate tournament on Tuesday (August 13), but has not had the pellets removed from his body. “I don’t really want them in me,” he continued.
A member of the public phoned the police from a nearby pub.
Emergency services including two units from South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) arrived on the scene at around 5.15pm.
Both men are members of the group Storror, and train in a form of free running called parkour, which involves running, jumping and exploring across an urban area.
Three other free runners present at the time were not injured.
Mr Harty added: “Other people understand what we are doing and normally we get politely asked to move on, and we always do.
“We never go up to be a nuisance. We went up after working hours on a Sunday so we thought it wouldn’t be bothering anyone - maybe they don’t understand and think we break stuff.”
A 47-year-old man from Horsham has been arrested on suspicion of GBH, a Sussex Police spokesperson said.