A DISABLED woman shot in the face while walking her dog in Camborne has said she is now scared to go out.
Annette Brook, 54, who has to use a wheelchair, still has a pellet lodged in her cheek after she was shot with an airgun on Monday evening.
Ms Brook, who has cerebral palsy, had been walking her Lancashire heeler dog George in Tuckingmill Valley Park between 8 and 9pm when she was shot.
"As I was returning home from the park I heard this popping sound and then there was blood everywhere," she said.
"I was still moving in my electric wheelchair when something hit me from the left.
"I screamed and cried from the pain, as I didn't really know where all the blood was coming from. I was in panic. One of my neighbours heard me screaming and called an ambulance."
Ms Brook suffered a puncture wound in her left cheek and was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro, where an X-ray revealed that a pellet had entered her face.
She will return later this week to have it removed.
Following the attack Ms Brook, of Tremarle Home Park in North Roskear, said she was scared to go outside.
"The doctor said it was lucky it hit me where it did," she said.
"I feel nervous and scared, as it could happen again.
"I may not be so lucky next time. It could have struck me in the eye.
"I don't feel safe any more because of the incident."
Police in Camborne are now appealing for witnesses to the gun attack on Ms Brook.
Detective Constable Rebekah Shorten said: "Police are treating this as a serious assault which could have been much worse had it struck the victim in the eye.
"We are now asking residents in the Tuckingmill Valley Park area of Camborne if they witnessed a BB or pellet gun being fired in the park."
Anybody with any information is being asked to contact police on 101 quoting crime reference AC/13/2568 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.