UPDATED: Man dead and girl seriously injured in Northiam shooting incident

Rye and Battle Observer news
Rye and Battle Observer news

A GIRL has been rushed to hospital in a life-threatening condition after she was shot in the head in Northiam.

Armed police and ambulance crews were called to the incident in Spring Hill at around 4pm today (Thursday September 11).

The girl, of primary school age, has been taken to King’s College Hospital for treatment.

At around 7pm Sussex Police said a man’s body had been found in a parked car at the scene.

His death is not being treated as suspicious.

Police say the man and the girl were known to each other.

The road has been sealed off while officers investigate and is likely to be closed for the next few hours.

There is no evidence that the public is at risk and officers are not currently looking for anyone else in connection with this incident.

Chief Superintendent Neil Honnor, Sussex Police’s divisional commander for East Sussex, said: “We are treating this as a tragic domestic incident and do not believe that anyone else is involved.

“At this stage we are not in a position to confirm the relationships of all those involved but we can say that the girl and the man knew each other. The man does not live at the address.

“We are treating this as an isolated incident and there is no evidence that any other members of the public are at risk.”

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting Operation Stem, email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.