Tyne & Wear

Sunderland shooting victim 'now conscious'

Police vehicles on Hewitt Avenue, Sunderland, following Wednesday's shooting Image copyright PA
Image caption Two people have so far been charged in connection with the attack

A 15-year-old critically injured in a street shooting has regained consciousness, police have said.

The teenager, a motorcycle pillion passenger, suffered a serious head injury in the attack on Hewitt Avenue, Sunderland, on 5 October.

He was taken to hospital in a critical condition, but is now conscious and his condition is described as stable.

Two people have been charged and are going through the court system.

Steven Thompson, 39, has been charged with attempted murder, possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, possession of a firearm without a certificate and perverting the course of justice.

A 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been charged with possession of a firearm without a certificate and perverting the course of justice.

Northumbria Police said inquiries into the shooting were continuing.

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