A man has been arrested after teenagers complained they were assaulted and threatened with a gun.
Police were called to the incident near the Highwoods branch of Tesco in Colchester at 8.30pm last Wednesday.
A spokesman for Essex Police said: "Officers arrived and found two local teenage boys had been threatened by a man holding what was described as a handgun.
"One of the teenagers sustained minor head and leg injuries after having been physically struck and required medical treatment.''
A 26-year-old man, of no fixed address, was arrested on suspicion of committing firearms offences. He has been released on bail until December 8th.
Witnesses should contact Colchester CID on 101.