Update: Man in a stable condition after being shot in the stomach in Bury St Edmunds
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Police have spoken to reassure residents after a man was shot in the stomach in Bury St Edmunds this evening.
Police were called at 6.45pm to reports that a man had been shot in the stomach at an address in Forum Court. He has been taken to hospital for treatment and is in a stable condition.
A police scene is currently in place at the address and a number of resources are assisting with the investigation, including the police helicopter, armed response and dog units.
Superintendent Jon Dodman said: “I would like to reassure local residents that we do not believe there is any risk to the wider public following this attack.
“Officers are doing all they can to find those responsible and I would ask anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident, or who has any information, to contact us as soon as possible.”
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Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Suffolk Police on 101 quoting reference CAD 366 of 4 August.
Around 10 police cars and dozens of officers – including armed officers and dog units – as well as ambulance crews and the East of England Air Ambulance are in attendance following the shooting.
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Eyewitness Matt Atkins said: “I was driving past on my way home from the gym and saw all the commotion. The ambulance and air ambulance guys were up there dealing with someone.
“All they are saying is it’s a major incident but Bury is always full of Chinese whispers.
“It definitely concerns me. You don’t expect that to happen in an historic town.”
Another Bury resident, from Forum Court, who asked to remain anonymous, said: “I’ve just come back from work in Ipswich. My wife and son are in there. She said there’s been an incident in one of the flats.
“A guy has stumbled out into the road and this has all kicked off.
“They say it’s not safe enough to go in there but it’s safe enough to leave people in there. It seems like a bit of a contradiction.
“They said they might not be able to get me back in tonight.”
A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said a number of resources had been sent to the scene.
“We were called at 6.46pm to report of a person who had been shot,” he said.
“We sent two rapid response vehicles, an ambulance, the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), an ambulance officer and the East Anglian Air Ambulance.
“One patient was treated at the scene and taken to hospital in what was believed to be a stable condition.”