A TEENAGE boy has been arrested after a 15-year-old boy was shot near a school in Kesgrave, in Suffolk.
The teenage victim suffered "serious" injuries and had to be airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, police said.
A police statement said officers were called just after 8.40am today to reports of a shooting in Friends Walk, near Kesgrave High School.
Kesgrave High School's Headteacher, Julia Upton, this morning sent a message to parents saying: "We have been made aware by the police that there has been a serious incident involving one of our Year 11 students on their way to school.
"Police will be present in the area and around the school throughout the school day. At the present time we are expecting students to be dismissed at the end of the school, day at 3.20pm as normal."
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'SUSPECT HID IN GARDEN'
The owner of an animal shelter in Kesgrave said a man believed to be the suspect in the shooting had been hiding in his back garden, but escaped before armed police officers arrived.
The resident, who asked not to be named, told the PA news agency the man appeared to be in his mid-20s and “looked like he hadn't had a haircut for a while”.
“I got woken up because my dogs were going absolutely ballistic at the back of the house.
“When I went to the back window to have a look there was a gentleman who looked like he was carrying something, at first I thought it was a bat or pole or something, and he went down behind my exotic animal enclosures.
He added that the man had a hooded top over his arm concealing whatever he was carrying.
“I've got no neighbours directly and I've got a woodland at the side… I didn't see where he went.”
Anyone with information can contact the force on 101 quoting reference CAD 58 of September 7.
GUNMAN OPENS FIRE IN QUIET SUBURBAN STREET
Cops were called to the scene at 8.40am this morning after reports of a shooting in Grange Farm.
Two roads were completely closed off, with officers urging locals to stay away.
A police spokesman said: “Members of the public are asked to avoid these areas.
“Any witnesses, or anyone with information about this incident, is asked to contact Suffolk Police.”
The 15-year-old victim was seriously injured and airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital where he is receiving urgent medical attention.
‘SHOT ON THE WAY TO SCHOOL’
A teenage boy has been taken into police custody for questioning.
Suffolk Police assistant chief constable Rob Jones said: “Following this serious incident our priority is to keep everyone safe.
“We have now made an arrest as part of the investigation and are working with our partners in Suffolk and our schools to ensure that everyone feels safe when they are collecting their children from school this afternoon.
“There will be more police officers on patrol and to provide reassurance in the area and I would ask for anyone with information about this incident to come forward.”
WOMAN SCREAMED ‘RUN, SOMEONE HAS BEEN SHOT’
In the aftermath, a mum wrote on Facebook: “Something major has happened on Grange Farm. My daughter and friends were walking to school and heard what sounded exactly like a gunshot.
“Then lots of people screaming and a lady saying 'run, someone has been shot'.
“I had four terrified children come running back to mine. There are now at least four police cars lined up outside the road involved. Stay safe everyone.”
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