A 15-year-old boy has been airlifted to hospital after being shot near a school, with police confirming a teenager has been arrested.
Kesgrave High School in Ipswich earlier said a Year 11 pupil was involved in a “serious incident” on their way to school on Monday morning.
The victim suffered “serious” injuries and was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, Suffolk Police said.
A police statement added that officers were called just after 8.40am to reports of a shooting in Friends Walk.
The teenage boy who was arrested has been taken into police custody for questioning.
An East of England Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “An ambulance, two rapid response vehicles, the Hazardous Area Response Team and Essex and Herts Air Ambulance attended the scene of a serious incident in Kesgrave just after 8.40am this morning.
“A patient was transported by air ambulance to Addenbrooke’s Hospital.”
Kesgrave High school said the shooting is being treated as an “isolated incident” by police.
“This is being treated as an isolated incident by the police and they do not believe that there is a wider threat to the school or local community,” said the school in an updated statement on Twitter.
“In order to provide reassurance to the school community there will be a police presence as students leave school today and over the next few days.”
Suffolk Police assistant chief constable Rob Jones said: “Following this serious incident our priority is to keep everyone safe.
“We have now made an arrest as part of the investigation and are working with our partners in Suffolk and our schools to ensure that everyone feels safe when they are collecting their children from school this afternoon.
“There will be more police officers on patrol and to provide reassurance in the area and I would ask for anyone with information about this incident to come forward.”
The school said on Twitter earlier: “We have 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.”
A number of road closures are in place and police have urged the public to avoid the area.
Kesgrave High School added: “Students are to remain in school and will be kept safe in liaison with the police. 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, 3.20, as normal.”
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson told the House of Commons on Monday: “I think we’re all shocked and saddened to learn about the incident in which a young person was seriously hurt on their way to school in Suffolk today.
“Our thoughts are very much with the young person, their family and the whole school community at this very difficult time.”
The owner of an animal shelter in Kesgrave said a man believed to be the suspect in the shooting had been hiding in his back garden, but escaped before armed police officers arrived.
The resident, who asked not to be named, said the man appeared to be in his mid-20s and “looked like he hadn’t had a haircut for a while”.
“I got woken up because my dogs were going absolutely ballistic at the back of the house.
“When I went to the back window to have a look there was a gentleman who looked like he was carrying something, at first I thought it was a bat or pole or something, and he went down behind my exotic animal enclosures.
He added that the man had a hooded top over his arm concealing whatever he was carrying.
“I’ve got no neighbours directly and I’ve got a woodland at the side… I didn’t see where he went.”
Phil Bennett, 38, of East Bergholt, said his father lives near to the scene in Kesgrave and heard a gunshot.
Mr Bennett said he drove to check on his parents at their home in Lyon Close after seeing vague details of the incident on Facebook and becoming concerned.
“My dad heard a gunshot,” he said. “He’s a retired paramedic – he’s heard a lot of gunshots in his time, so he stayed indoors.
“The next thing he knew there were police piling in, then it’s a scene of crime.
“It’s hard to believe this has happened 100 metres from my mum’s front door, that someone’s been shot. It’s terrible what’s going on.”