The mum of a boy who allegedly shot his former best friend thought he was at school at the time of the attack.
Her 15-year-old son, who cannot be named for legal reasons, became best pals with the 15-year-old victim when they attended primary school together.
But the boys later fell out allegedly leading to the attack in Kesgrave on Monday morning.
The victim’s family rushed to his aid after he was shot in the mouth with a ‘long-barrelled gun’ just yards from his home.
Detectives were today granted more time to question his alleged attacker on suspicion of attempted murder.
The suspect’s mum broke down in tears as she said: “I just don’t know anything about the boy who has been shot, so I’m just worried sick.
“I’m waiting for the police to come round, I just don’t know anything.
“I haven’t been able to speak to my son, I can’t even talk to my boy. I haven’t been able to see him.
“It’s serious isn’t it? It’s obviously serious. I’m shocked, I thought my boy was at school, can you imagine?
“I was calling the police saying ‘what’s happened, what’s happened, what’s happened?”
The boys are understood to have met while attending primary school in Ipswich.
One source said: “The two boys were both at primary school together and were best friends for years.
“But they later fell out and there are lots of rumours about why that was.”
The attack happened in Kesgrave, Suffolk, at around 8.30am on Monday morning.
Eyewitnesses who saw the victim’s family coming to his aid have told the Mirror a grey Saab was spotted at the scene.
A vehicle matching this description was on the street where the suspect was arrested five miles away in Ipswich, Suffolk.
It is understood the boy’s grandparents live nearby.
The victim is currently fighting for his life in Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, where he is in a critical condition after suffering a single gunshot wound to the head.
The weapon – a rifle or shotgun – has now been recovered by police.
DS David Henderson, the senior investigating officer, said: “We can confirm that the victim and the suspect are known to each other and at this time there is absolutely nothing to suggest this incident is linked to organised criminality.”
The victim – a Year-11 pupil – has been described as a “lovely lad” by neighbours, who have been left shocked by the attack.
Retired paramedic Richard Bennett, 72, who lives nearby, said: “I woke up at about twenty past eight and heard what I recognised as a gunshot.
“I’m assuming there’s some stupid argument that has got completely out of hand.
“He comes from a good family, there’s no trouble around here, people get on with their lives.”
The suspect, who lives with his mum, is still being questioned by police.
Temporary Detective Superintendent David Henderson, the senior investigating officer, said: “This has been a fast-moving investigation, with officers working around the clock since (Monday) morning.
“I appreciate that many people will still be very concerned at an attack of this nature happening in a small town such as Kesgrave, but we continue to stress that incidents like this are extremely rare and that there is no wider threat to the local community.
“In addition, following the initial inquiries that have been carried out, we can confirm that the victim and the suspect are known to each other and at this time there is absolutely nothing to suggest this incident is linked to organised criminality.
“Our thoughts remain with the victim and his family and we continue to offer them our full support.
“Additional patrols to provide reassurance are continuing in Kesgrave and a police pod has been put in place, so local residents have somewhere they can go to speak to officers should they wish to.
“I would urge anyone who has information about this terrible attack to make contact with us as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team quoting reference: 52067/20.