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11 May 2013, 09:11 | Updated: 11 May 2013, 09:15
Detectives in Luton are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a teenager was shot during the early hours of this morning.
The incident happened shortly before 4am today (Saturday 11th May), when residents reported hearing gun fire in Thricknells Close, Marsh Farm.
Police and the Ambulance Service attended the scene where a 16 year old boy was found with a gunshot wound to his back.
The victim was taken to hospital for treatment where he remains in a serious but stable condition.
Armed Response Officers have completed a search of the area and a cordon has been established while Scenes of Crime Officers conduct a thorough forensic examination of the scene.
A man was seen leaving the area at the time the shooting happened and he is described as white, in his mid-teens, wearing a blue top and blue denim jeans.
Detective Inspector Sean Quinn, investigating, told Heart: "We are in the early stages of this investigation and are piecing together exactly what happened prior to this shooting. However, we believe this was a targeted incident and we would urge anyone who has information about this shooting or anyone who can help identify the person seen leaving the scene to contact the police immediately. They can do this in complete confidence and we can reassure them that any information given will be used confidentially to trace whoever was responsible for this crime."