Two arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after man is shot in head

Police in Athena Avenue today. Picture: Ben Fishwick
Police in Athena Avenue today. Picture: Ben Fishwick
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POLICE have arrested two people on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was shot in the head early this morning.

The shooting happened around 12.50am in Athena Avenue, Crookhorn, which is near to South Downs College.

Police in High Lawn Avenue today

Police in High Lawn Avenue today

Police say a man in his 30s received a serious head injury and has been taken to Southampton General Hospital by ambulance.

Officers, including armed police, arrested a 37-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman at an address in High Lawn Way, Leigh Park, at around 2.25am.

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Grandmother tells how she heard shot ring out

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As residents spoke of their shock today, Detective Superintendent Darren Rawlings who is leading the investigation said: ‘This kind of incident is luckily rare in Hampshire and one we take very seriously.

‘It is likely local people will see a lot of officers and police activity in the area today as we both look to reassure the community and investigate the crime. We currently have two scenes one where the arrests happened and one where the victim was shot.

‘We would ask that anybody with information or who has witnessed the incident calls us on 101 and quotes Operation Endorse or they can approach one of the officers in the area.’