Arrests after boy, six, injured in ‘broad daylight’ shotgun shooting

A 24-year-old man and 17-year-old boy have been arrested on suspicion of wounding after a six-year-old boy was injured in a shooting.

Officers from West Midlands Police believe a group of men fired shots at a house in Ashbourne Road in the Eastfield area of Wolverhampton at around 4pm on Friday.

The injured boy, who was in the property at the time, has an injured back and remains in hospital in a stable condition.

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Police at the scene in Wolverhampton where a six-year-old boy was injured (Matthew Cooper/PA)

The arrested men remain in custody, West Midlands Police said.

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 remains unclear and we’re working hard to try and understand what happened earlier today.”

#UPDATE | Detectives investigating after shots were fired at a house in Wolverhampton, injuring a six-year-old boy, just before 4pm this afternoon (Friday 19 April) have arrested two men. Details here: https://t.co/pVMYJyyVeYpic.twitter.com/qwQrK9YOA1

— Wolverhampton Police (@wolvespolice) April 19, 2019

Police have increased patrols and brought in extra officers following the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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