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20 May 2013, 10:03 | Updated: 20 May 2013, 11:58
A man's been shot in the leg in Luton in the town's tenth shooting of 2013.
Bedfordshire Police have told Heart the victim, a 27 year old Asian man, is seriously ill in hospital after what happened on Dunstable Road at the junction with Leicester Road at 8am on Monday 20 May 2013.
Eye witnesses describe seeing a collision between the victim’s car and another silver saloon type vehicle. As the victim got out of the car to remonstrate he was shot. The offending vehicle was then seen to drive away.
The offender is being described as a skinny 6’0 tall white man.
Officers and forensic experts are now at the scene and Dunstable Road is closed while a thorough examination of the scene is carried out.
Superintendent Dave Boyle said: “This would appear to be a targeted incident involving people who know each other. We take firearms related crime extremely seriously and will not tolerate guns in our towns.
"The fact that a gun has been discharged in such an open and public arena causes us great concern and we have responded quickly with our own armed officers. If anyone has information about this incident please contact the police in confidence as a matter of urgency. A £1000 reward is available to anyone who can provide information that leads to the arrest and conviction of people for gun crime.”
Luton Borough Council Lead Hazel Simmons added: “The carrying and use of weapons in Luton will not be tolerated. We appeal to anyone involved or considering violence to consider how these crimes ruin lives and reflect badly on the town that we know and love. Luton Borough Council will do everything it can to help the police stamp out this activity and bring those responsible to justice.”
Anyone with information should contact Bedfordshire Police in confidence on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.