Two arrests after boy suffers gunshot wound in Upminster

Detectives investigating a shooting incident in Upminster in which a child was injured have made two arrests.

A man aged 18 and a boy of 16 were arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary and taken into police custody.

A dedicated team of officers from the Specialist Crime Command are carrying out various enquiries in relation to the incident.

Police were called at 9.30pm on Friday, May 1, to an address in Kerry Drive, Upminster.

A boy, aged around 11 years old, had sustained a gunshot injury.

A man, believed to be aged in his 40s, had sustained lacerations to his head. At this stage it is unknown whether his injuries were caused by the firearm discharge or a knife.

They were taken to hospital where the condition of the man has been assessed as not life-threatening or life-changing.

The condition of the boy has been assessed as not life-threatening but may be life-changing. He remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition.

A number of suspects had made off prior to the arrival of police.

Detectives have established that the homeowner opened the front door to a person purporting to be a delivery driver; this male, and a number of other suspects – believed to be in possession of a knife – forced their way into the property.

Two firearms were recovered from the address. Work continues to establish the full circumstances.

Any witnesses are asked to call police on 101 quoting reference 7285/01May. To remain anonymous, please contact the independent charity Crimestoppers.

Mick Ferris

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