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This is an update in relation to the incident in Sunderland last night (Wednesday, October 5) where a 15-year-old boy was shot.

Police were called at 8.40pm to Hewitt Avenue after reports a 15-year-old boy had been shot in the head while he was riding pillion on a motorbike.

The boy suffered a serious head wound and was taken to the RVI where he is currently in a critical condition.

The rider of the motorbike was not injured.

Two people – a 39-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy – have been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and are currently in police custody.

Enquiries are on-going to establish the circumstances of the incident and locate the weapon – at this stage it is not clear whether or not a gun or an air weapon was used.

Detectives investigating the incident believe it is an isolated incident and not linked to any previous incidents in the city where a firearm has been discharged.

Extra officers are in the area to carry out reassurance.

Southern Area Commander, Chief Superintendent Ged Noble, said: “The 15-year-old boy remains in hospital in a critical condition and our thoughts are with his family at this time.

We understand they and the local community will be concerned about this incident and will have questions around the circumstances, and I would like to reassure them we have a team of detectives working to establish what happened.

“At this stage, it is not clear whether or not the weapon used was a gun or an air weapon however I would like to stress that we do not believe that this incident is in any way linked to other incidents that we have had in the city where a firearm has been discharged.

“Neighbourhood officers are in the area, speaking to local residents and offering reassurance and I would urge anyone who is concerned to speak to an officer on patrol.”

Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 1063 061016 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111

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