FAMILY of a critically-injured man shot in the head have made an emotional appeal for eyewitnesses to come forward.
Jamie Sibley, who is in his 30s, was undergoing emergency surgery last night after suffering life-changing injuries in the shooting yesterday.
Residents in Athena Avenue, Crookhorn, where Mr Sibley had been visiting a friend, told of hearing a ‘big bang’ just before 1am.
A man, 37, and a woman, 38, were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in High Lawn Way, Leigh Park, at 2.25am.
A third woman, 31, from Waterlooville, was arrested last night on suspicion of conspiring to murder, as family said the victim had ‘five pellets in his brain’.
Mr Sibley’s sister Mellissa Shaw said his family were rallying around him at Southampton General Hospital.
‘He’s in a bad condition, we want to say thank you to everyone who’s made well-wishes,’ said Mellissa.
‘It’s very tough but we have a strong family, we’re a big family unit.
‘We just want anybody who knows anything to come forward.
‘This is someone’s brother, someone’s nephew, we’re all really hurt.
‘To see someone you love hurting is not good at all.
‘We all just want to focus on his wellbeing and the condition he’s in.
‘Seeing him in that condition, everybody is hurting.’
Police cordoned off a large open area next to the block of flats, across from Apollo Drive, while a marked car remained outside flats in High Lawn Way.
Marilyn Trimmer, 65, was at home in Athena Avenue with her husband, 65, and granddaughter, 16, when she heard a loud bang.
‘I heard a complete bang, really loud,’ Marilyn said.
‘I was very nervous.
She added: ‘It sounded like a shotgun going off.’
Detective Superintendent Darren Rawlings said the incident was ‘rare’.
Call police on 101 quoting Operation Endorse.