THREE people have been arrested after a man suffered serious injuries when he was shot with an air gun at a house in Southsea.
Officers were called to the property in Beach Road at about 6pm on Saturday following reports of a disturbance.
The 32-year-old victim was taken to Southampton General Hospital with what was originally described as ‘life-threatening’ injuries.
Since then he has taken steps towards a recovery, but last night he remained in a serious condition.
The arrested men remain in police custody for questioning.
The street was still cordoned off while officers were at the scene yesterday morning.
Residents have spoken of the moments they were caught up in the drama.
Frank Muir, 21, a student at University of Portsmouth who lives in Beach Road, said: ‘I was about to head to The Chippy, in Clarendon Road, when I saw police blocking the end of Beach Road.
‘There were loads of flashing lights and police everywhere so I sensed something big had happened.
‘I had to give my name out just so I could leave the road, and after I came back I was escorted back to my house.
‘I was then advised to stay in doors, so the whole thing was pretty scary really. Normally, it’s quiet around here. It’s come completely out of the blue.’
Police would not reveal where on his body the man was shot.
Roy Fryer, 79, from Leeds, who was visiting his brother Douglas Hutton in Beach Road, said: ‘I popped out but as I was coming back into the road I was escorted back to the house by a police officer.
‘I had to pop out again later that evening and was again escorted back by the police.
‘Something serious must have been going on.’
A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said: ‘Officers were called to a house in Beach Road at about 6pm following reports of a disturbance.
‘Upon arrival they found a man with serious injuries.’
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.