Thursday, 23. May 2013 - 14:05
25. 05. 12. - 15:00
Austrian medics giving a first aid talk at a school managed to save an eight-year-old boy's life after he was shot in the head by his dad.
The 37-year-old man who has a record for domestic violence had burst into the school in Sankt Poelten west of Vienna waving the gun - and dragged the boy into the cloakroom where he shot him in the head.
Police spokesman Oberstleutnant Alfred Schüller said police believe that the man wanted to get revenge on his wife. He said that he had recently been banned from entering the family flat where his wife and two children lived.
The man's daughter, who was also at the school, escaped.
The man then fled but was tracked by his mobile phone - by which point he had already used the gun on himself after crashing his car on a remote farm road.
The four-man team of medics that had been teaching first aid were able to give the boy immediate first aid less than a minute after the shooting. The boy was given immediate artificial respiration.
His condition was described as critical and he was unconscious when he was taken by ambulance to hospital, but doctors said if the medics had not been on hand then the boy would have died.
Local education boss Hermann Helm said child psychologists from a crisis intervention team were at the eight-classroom school to give the children counselling.
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