A 15-YEAR-old boy allegedly shot an ex-pal in the face with a double-barrel shotgun after a confrontation, a court heard today.
The teen was last night charged with attempted murder after another lad, also 15, was shot on his way to school in Ipswich on Monday.
Police were called to the shooting on the Grange Farm housing estate in Kesgrave, Suffolk, at around 8.40am.
The 15-year-old victim suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, where he remains in a critical condition.
The defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared before Norwich Youth Court by video-link from a Suffolk police station today.
His parents were not present for the hearing.
The boy sat beside his lawyer, with a social worker at another location acting as his appropriate adult.
The court heard that the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons either, was allegedly shot in the face after a confrontation.
As well as attempted murder, the defendant is charged with possession of a firearm, a 12-gauge Beretta over and under shotgun, with intent to cause fear of injury of another person, and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.
The teen, from the Woodbridge area, spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address during the 20-minute hearing.
He was not asked to enter pleas and was remanded in custody until an appearance before Ipswich Crown Court this afternoon.
Suffolk Police said witnesses reported seeing a suspect get into a car after the attack, before the vehicle drove away.
An arrest was made just over two hours after the shooting, at 10.55am on Monday, five miles away in Ipswich.
A car was seized at the time of the arrest, from which a long-barrelled firearm was recovered, the force said.
Kesgrave High School said one of its Year 11 students had been involved in a serious incident on their way to school on Monday, but that pupils at the site were safe.
The school wrote on Twitter on Tuesday: “Students have been simply amazing today.
“Calm and focused in class and clearly glad to be back in school.
“A very difficult time for the school community but all supporting each other.”
Friends described the victim as a “lovely lad” and a “normal kid” who enjoyed music and being a Scout.
A friend of the victim’s family said: “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.”
Suffolk Police said last night: “Police patrols in the Kesgrave area will continue over the coming days.
“They will continue to engage with school children, teachers, parents and local residents to provide reassurance, listen to any concerns and to reiterate the fact it is an isolated incident.”