Two more arrests in connection with Upminster shooting incident in which a child was injured

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

A man aged in his 30s was arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary.

A second man, also aged in his 30s was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary and assisting an offender.

Both remain in police custody.

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 in his 40s, had sustained lacerations to his head.

They were taken to hospital where the condition of the man was 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.

A 26-year-old man has been charged in connection with the investigation and was due to appear before magistrates on Wednesday May 6.

A 16-year old boy has been bailed to return on a date in late May, pending further enquiries.

An 18-year old was released with no further action


Mick Ferris

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