Police in Preston have arrested a man on suspicion of attempted murder after a shooting in Ribbleton.Advertisement
Officers were called to Ribbleton Lane/Skeffington Road around 1am this morning after reports of a shooting.
A 29 year old man was found with a gunshot wound. He was taken to Royal Preston Hospital and his injuries are not thought to be life threatening.
Police are currently questioning a 25 year old man in connection with the incident.
An earlier incident on Maitland Street saw officers challenge four men on bikes acting suspiciously. The men cycled off and discarded a handgun and amunition. Police believe the two incidents are linked.
Police are now appealing for anyone with information to come forward and house to house enquiries are underway.
Detective Superintendent Neil Esseen, said: “I would appeal to anyone who was in the vicinity of Ribbleton Lane/Skeffington Road/Maitland Road this morning between midnight and 1:30am.
“If anyone witnessed any suspicious activity or heard a loud bang then I would ask them to get in touch.
“I understand that people could be nervous about contacting the police and if that is the case I would ask them to call the independent charity Crimestoppers. You will not have to give your name and will not need to go to court.”
Police said they believe the two men were known to each other and called on residents to remain calm.
Chief Inspector Steve Sansbury from Preston Police said, “The discharge of a firearm in Preston is extremely rare and this is the first incident we have had for over two years.
“I would reassure the public of Preston that patrols will be stepped up in the area and a team of highly trained officers are dealing with this incident. Should anyone have any information that could assist the investigation then I would urge them to call the police.
“Gun crime affects a very small number of people and firearms are most likely to be used in a show of strength or in response to some perceived failing, challenge or slight. We take a very proactive approach into dealing with firearm incidents and we are determined to find the people responsible.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the incident room at Preston Police Station on 0845 1 25 35 45 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org.