A gunman was being hunted in Portsmouth police today after a terrified schoolboy was shot with an air rifle.
Twelve-year-old Robert Singleton suffered bruising and was badly shaken after being hit in the back by a pellet.
Police also received other reports of gunshots in the Buckland area.
One man who had a close shave told police he heard a shot ring out and sensed a pellet ‘whizzing past’ him.
Police believed that the incidents were linked.