A "LOVELY" 15-year-old boy who was shot on his first day back at school is a Scout and "normal kid" who was 'targeted by an ex-pal'.
The year 11 pupil is fighting for his life after being shot in the head on his way to school in Ipswich yesterday – as kids "ran home in terror".
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Friends described the victim, a pupil at Kesgrave High School, as a ‘lovely lad’ and a ‘normal kid’ who enjoyed being a Scout and music.
Witnesses claimed the victim and his alleged attacker, also 15, used to be friends but had fallen out.
The victim was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge yesterday where he remains in a critical condition.
The suspect is alleged to have fled the scene in Kesgrave, Suffolk, using his dad's car – driving himself five miles to a street in Ipswich where it was alleged he tried to hide.
He was surrounded by armed police who took him into custody and was being questioned on suspicion of attempted murder.
Police later recovered a firearm which residents claimed was a shotgun.
The ambush happened at about 8.40am yesterday as the Year 11 victim made his way to Kesgrave High School.
The school was put into lockdown while families in surrounding streets were warned not to leave their homes.
Last night a friend of the victim’s family said: "He is completely normal – he does Scouts, has piano lessons and guitar.
"He’s literally a completely normal kid, straight-edged and genuine. It’s just so random to me. When I heard about it I thought it might be a random drive-by like in America."
The victim’s parents, who work in the tech industry, and other members of his family were all said to be devastated.
What we know so far…
- 15-year-old boy was shot on his way to school at 8.40am
- Paramedics spent 90 mins battling to save him before flying to hospital
- He remains in a critical condition receiving "urgent" medical care
- Teenage boy was arrested by cops in Ipswich a short time later
One parent told The Sun: “It was a very, very loud bang. Then there was a lot of shouting and screaming.”
And a mum wrote on Facebook: “My daughter and friends were walking to school and heard what sounded exactly like a gunshot, then lots of people screaming and a lady saying, ‘Run, someone has been shot.’
“I had four terrified children come running back to mine.”
Armed police then raided a £400,000 detached property and a suspect was seen being handcuffed and put in a police car.
Headteacher Julia Upton wrote to parents: “We have been 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.”
Investigators believe the shooting was not 'a drive-by' although senior cops have confirmed a car was involved – explaining how the suspect was arrested five miles away.
It's understood the former pals had previously gone out shooting BB guns together, but had a row a couple of weeks ago, according to MailOnline.
I had four terrified children come running back to mine. There are now at least four police cars lined up outside the road involved.
Assistant Chief Constable for Suffolk Police, Rob Jones, said the shooting is believed to have been an isolated incident and there is no wider threat to the community.
He said in a statement: “A teen was arrested in Ipswich on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with this incident.
“I understand this attack will have caused a great deal of alarm and distress to the people of Kesgrave and the surrounding area but we are now satisfied this was an isolated incident and there is no wider threat to the local community.”
Paramedics were seen treating a person on a stretcher as police told residents in Kesgrave to stay in their homes.
An air ambulance took off from the scene just before 10am after police sealed off surrounding roads and said they were dealing with a "major incident" in the town.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson told the House of Commons: "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."
Other parents reported that the schools and a nursery had been locked down.
One wrote: "They have taken the nursery ones upstairs away from ground floor windows, I panicked and rang them to check".
'GUNSHOT AND SCREAMS'
Another local, who lives at the scene of the shooting, said he heard gunshots and screams.
He said: "I heard the sound of the gunshot, I thought someone had dropped a paving slab or something.
"I heard the screams so I ran outside to see if I could go help. When the ambulance and police arrived I was asked to get back so they could get on with their job."
Another told The Sun: "It was a very, very loud bang. I knew instantly that it was a gunshot because I grew up around guns and used to fire .22 rifles, so there was no doubt in my mind.
"Then there was just a lot of shouting and screaming. I couldn't really make out any words, it was just a lot of panicked noise."
One parent, Paul Leggett, described the incident as "sickening".
He said: "My little 4 year old boy went to school for his first proper day in #Kesgrave today. Heart go out to to all the local kids and families affected by this morning's terrible news.
"It shouldn't happen. Sickening."
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