Sunderland shooting: Two arrests after man critically injured in Washington

10 October 2019, 17:33 | Updated: 10 October 2019, 17:56

A police cordon is in place in Blue House Lane, Washington
A police cordon is in place in Blue House Lane, Washington. Picture: Global's Newsroom
Nick Hardinges

By Nick Hardinges

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent to commit grievous bodily harm following the shooting of a man in Washington, Tyne and Wear.

The 28-year-old victim was rushed to hospital and remains in a critical condition with potentially life-threatening injuries.

Two men, aged 26 and 33, were arrested and remain in police custody.

Police received reports of a shooting from ambulance services at around 2pm on Thursday after an altercation outside a One Stop store on Blue House Lane where the incident took place.

Superintendent Paul Stewart said: "We are in the very early stages of our investigation but a man is in a critical condition in hospital.

"Our officers are trying to establish exactly what has happened but we have already spoken to a number of witnesses who were in the area at the time.

"It appears that a firearm has been fired during an altercation and we are trying to identify who has been involved.

Police were called to the scene at around 2pm
Police were called to the scene at around 2pm. Picture: Global's Newsroom

"If you were in the area when this incident took place, and have yet to speak to police, then we need you to give us a call."

He added: "Incidents involving a firearm are very rare and completely unacceptable and we will not rest until we have established what has happened.

"Officers will be conducting high visible patrols in the area into the evening and anyone who has any concerns is encouraged to speak to them."

Anyone who can assist police is asked to call 101 quoting log 569 10/10/19 or online at the Northumbria Police website.

You can also report anonymously by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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