Update: Orsett Beer Tent: Police confirm shooting

POLICE investigating an incident at the Orsett Show Ground on September 2 in which a 24-year-old man suffered a bullet wound to his leg now believe that his injury was caused by a stray round from someone out shooting in the area.

This follows a forensic examination of the scene and advice from a ballistics expert.

It seems that the bullet has entered the through the wall of the tent before passing through the clothing of another person before injuring the 24-year-old man.

Enquiries are continuing to try and fully resolve the incident and police would like to hear from anyone with information about any shooting taking place at the time so that the investigation can be closed.

Police are aware that the denial of access to the beer tent on a very warm day did cause inconvenience to some show goers but are confident that the public recognise the need to fully investigate such a serious incident. Anyone with information that cah help resolve the incident is asked to contact police at South Ockendon on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

A 24-year-old man is in hospital with an injury to his leg following an incident at the Orsett Show Ground, Rectory Road, Orsett about 8pm on Friday, September 2, 2011. The man was working behind the bar in the beer tent when there was a small explosion and a projectile passed through his leg. He was taken to hospital where his injury is not life threatening. It is not clear how the injury was caused and a forensic examination has been carried out. Police are liaising with the HSE should there have been some equipment malfunction.

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