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Two arrests after boy, 6, injured in shotgun shooting

Sky News logo Sky News 19/04/2019
a car driving on a city street: The shooting happened in Ashbourne Road in the Eastfield area of Wolverhampton © PA The shooting happened in Ashbourne Road in the Eastfield area of Wolverhampton

A six-year-old boy has been hurt after shots were fired at a house in Wolverhampton.

West Midlands Police is investigating after the child, thought to have been inside the property at the time, sustained injuries to his back and hand. They are not thought to be life-threatening.

A 17-year-old boy and a 24-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of wounding. They are both in police custody.

The incident happened just before 4pm on Good Friday.

Police said a group of men fired shots at the house in Ashbourne Road in the Eastfield area of the city.

General view of a Metropolitan Police sign on the side of a BMW London Metropolitan police motorcycle   (Photo by Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images) © PA Images General view of a Metropolitan Police sign on the side of a BMW London Metropolitan police motorcycle (Photo by Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images)

West Midlands Police Detective Inspector Rod Rose said: "These arrests are a significant step forward in our investigation which continues at pace.

"It's a shocking incident where someone has opened fire with a shotgun in broad daylight.

"The motive of this attack is not clear at this stage, but it's clearly a hugely reckless act and we need to identify those responsible as soon as possible.

"We have extra officers, including armed officers, in the area as we've increased patrols to support and reassure the community during this concerning time."

:: Anyone with information can contact West Midlands Police on 101 or Live Chat via WMP Online between 8am and midnight, quoting 1591 of 19 April. To give information anonymously, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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