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Teenager charged with attempted murder after boy shot outside school
September 8, 2020
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A teenage boy has been charged with attempted murder and firearms offences after a 15-year-old boy was shot near a school, police have said.
Emergency services rushed to the scene near Kesgrave High School, east of Ipswich in Suffolk just after 8.40am on Monday, September 7, to reports that a teenage boy had been shot in Friends Walk, as he was walking to school.
The victim, aged 15-years-old, sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, where he currently remains in a critical condition.
Witnesses reported seeing the suspect get into a car following the attack, which drove off out of the close.
Kesgrave High School confirmed one of its students was involved in a "serious incident" on their way to school.
In a tweet on Monday, Kesgrave High School said: "We have been made aware by the police that there has been a serious incident involving one of our Year 11 students, on their way to school.
"Students in school are safe and we are managing the situation in constant, close communication with the police.
"Students are to remain in school and will be kept safe in liaison with the police.
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"Police will be present in the area and around the school throughout the school day.
"At the present time we are expecting students to be dismissed at the end of the school day, 3.20pm, as normal."
Armed police and an air ambulance were deployed to the incident.
A statement from Suffolk Police issued on Tuesday, September 8, said: "At 10.55am yesterday [Monday September 7], officers arrested a teenage boy in connection with the incident and he was taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning.
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"A car was seized at the time of the arrest, from which a long-barrelled firearm was recovered.
"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:
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, September 9.
"Friends Walk was reopened earlier today following the completion of police searches in the area."
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The statement added: "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 constabulary 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.
"Officer support is coming from various sources such as the local Safer Neighbourhood Team, Community Engagement Officers and Youth Engagement Officers. Additionally, our School Liaison Officers are working with schools in providing bespoke engagement within schools that identify a specific need as a result of this incident."
Following the incident, Lisa Sayer, parent of a Kesgrave pupil posted on Facebook: "Something major has happened on Grange Farm.
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"My daughter and friends were walking to school and heard what sounded exactly like a gun shot.
"Then lots of people screaming and a lady saying ‘run someone has been shot’.
"I had 4 terrified children come running back to mine. There are now at least 4 police cars lined up outside the road involved."
Kesgrave residents expressed their shock at the incident on Twitter, stating they would have "never expected" this to happen in Ipswich.
One said: "This is crazy! Never expected this in Kesgrave! Stay safe everyone around Kesgrave."
A second said: "A shooting in Kesgrave?! Armed police and air ambulance too, what is going on!"
Police also reportedly told residents to stay inside their homes and surrounding roads and public areas were shut as a cordon was put in place.
Any witnesses, or anyone with information about this incident, is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team via Suffolk Police's online portal or by phoning 101.
Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form.