Luton Marsh Farm shooting: Boy 'did not know attacker'

Armed officers in Marsh Farm, Luton Armed officers have been patrolling Marsh Farm and Lewsey Farm estates

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A 16-year-old boy shot in the back on a Luton estate has told police he did not know who attacked him, or why.

The boy suffered a bullet wound shortly before 04:00 BST in Thricknells Close, Marsh Farm, on Sunday.

Police said on Monday that he may never walk again.

Armed officers are patrolling Marsh Farm and Lewsey Farm estates and said they would stop and search for weapons. There have been nine shootings in Luton in the past four months.

In the most serious incident, Paul Foster, 46, was shot dead in Lewsey Farm on 9 April.

The latest victim is said to be stable in hospital.

He has been able to give "quite scant" information to police but said his attacker was wearing a mask, BBC Look East Home Affairs correspondent Sally Chidzoy said.

Police are seeking to reassure the public and want to show that they are out "in force" to "get a grip on Luton", she added.

Map: Luton shootings
Key Date Location What happened?

1

30 January

Junction of Wellington Street and Russell Street

36-year-old woman, sitting in a car with her partner, suffers shrapnel wounds to her hand after shots fired.

2

3 February

Arrow Close, Marsh Farm

Man suffers leg injuries in a shooting, 3 suspects spotted riding away on bikes.

3

9 April

Brunel Road, Lewsey Farm

46-year old Paul Foster shot dead outside a house

4

16 April

Burnham Road, Stopsley

Shots fired at a house

5

24 April

St Michael's Crescent

Shots fired at a house

6

30 April

Tudor Road

33-year-old man shot in the leg by two men on a dark blue motorbike

7

5 May

Culverhouse Road

Motorcyclist fires two shots at a BMW

8

7 May

Kirby Drive

Shots fired during attempted robbery at Premier News

9

11 May

Thricknells Close, Marsh Farm

16-year-old boy shot in back in "targeted" attack

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