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27 September 2018, 06:37
A teenager shot in the stomach in Tilbury in what police believe was a targeted attack is being guarded in hospital by officers.
The 19-year-old victim is believed to have been attacked after he was approached by two men shortly before 7.15 last night, Essex Police said.
He is currently in a serious condition at Basildon University Hospital, the force said.
The area of Raphael Avenue and Sullivan Road where the alleged shooting took place has been cordoned off, while officers are also stationed at the hospital.
The police presence at the hospital sparked fears on social media that Basildon Hospital was on lockdown.
A spokesman for the hospital said the A&E was open and that members of the public in need of care should "turn up as normal".
Detective Inspector Stuart Truss, from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: "This investigation is in a very early stage but we're already building up a picture of the circumstances which led up to it.
"While it is unclear what the motive behind the attack was we believe it was targeted and there is no risk to the wider public.
"I appreciate this will be concerning for the local community but I want to emphasise incidents like this are very rare.
"The area where it is thought this incident took place is a busy residential one and I believe someone will have seen something.
"I particularly need to speak to anyone who saw a small black car in the area at the time of the incident."
Anyone with any information on the incident is urged to call 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.