Upminster shooting: Two teenagers arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary
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Two teenage boys have been arrested after an 11-year-old boy was shot in Kerry Drive, Upminster.
A 16-year-old and an 18-year-old have been arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary and taken into police custody.
Officers from the Specialist Crime Command have established that the homeowner opened the front door to a person posing as a delivery driver; this male, and a number of other suspects - believed to be in possession of a knife - forced their way into the property but fled the scene before police could arrive.
Two firearms were recovered from the address and work continues to establish the full circumstances.
Police were called at 9.30pm on Friday, May 1 to find a boy, aged around 11 years old who had sustained a gunshot injury and his father, in his 40s, had sustained lacerations to his head.
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At this stage it is unknown whether his injuries were caused by the firearm discharge or a knife.
Both were injured inside the address and they were taken to hospital by the London Ambulance Service.
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The boy’s condition has been assessed as not “life-threatening” but “may be life-changing”, police say. He remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition. His father’s injuries are described as “not life-threatening” or “life-changing”.
Any witnesses are asked to call police on 101 quoting reference 7285/01May. To remain anonymous, please contact the independent charity Crimestoppers.
Residents can expect to see an increased police presence in the area as part of reassurance patrols over the weekend and are encouraged to approach officers to speak about any concerns.