Boy, 15, charged with attempted murder after teen shot on way to school

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A 15-year-old boy has been charged with attempted murder following a shooting in Kesgrave.

The teen has also been charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of injury, police said tonight.

It comes after officers were called to reports that a teenage boy had been shot as he was walking to school at around 8.40am on Monday morning.

The victim, also aged 15, sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, where he currently remains in a critical condition.

At 10.55am yesterday, officers arrested a teenage boy in connection with the incident and he was taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning.

A car was seized at the time of the arrest, from which a long-barrelled firearm was recovered.

The teen has been remanded in custody and will appear via video link before Norwich Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.

A Suffolk Police spokesman said: “A 15-year-old boy from the Woodbridge area (who cannot be named for legal reasons) has subsequently been charged with the following three offences:

  • Attempted murder
  • Possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life
  • Possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of injury

“He has been remanded in custody and will appear via video link before Norwich Magistrates’ Court tomorrow, Wednesday 9th September.

“Police patrols in the Kesgrave area will continue over the coming days. They will continue to engage with school children, teachers, parents and local residents to provide reassurance, listen to any concerns and to reiterate the fact it is an isolated incident.”

The spokesman added: “Friends Walk was reopened earlier today following the completion of police searches in the area.

“Any witnesses, or anyone with information about this incident, is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team via our online portal here: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/363720N60-PO1 or by phoning 101.

“Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form: www.crimestoppers-uk.org

“Police will also have a police pod located in Through Jollys that will provide a strong visible presence to local people, with officers present between 8am and 9.30am in the mornings and 2pm and 3.30pm in the afternoons.

“Residents can ask questions or raise queries, allowing police to continue to listen and understand concerns of the community.”