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Family relieved as boy injured in shotgun attack back home

A six-year-old boy who was injured in a shotgun attack in Wolverhampton has been allowed back home, his relieved father has revealed.

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Police closed off the scene after the young boy, inset, was injured in a shotgun attack. Inset picture: © Adburahaman Tukwalesharif

The youngster was sprayed with pellets in the back and hand as he ran into his house on Ashbourne Road - he and his 14-year-old brother were trying to escape masked men shooting at the property on Good Friday.

His 48-year-old father Adburahaman Tukwalesharif yesterday told the Express & Star that his son was in 'good spirits' and was allowed back home from hospital to see his brothers and sisters.

He has shared an image of the brave young lad in hospital with the Express & Star - but asked to keep his identity hidden - to show that he is getting on well.

Holes can be seen in the front door and frame

The boy needed surgery to remove the shrapnel and broke a finger but his injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.

Mr Tukwalesharif said yesterday: "He is ok, he is in good spirits. He is with his mother at hospital but should be home later.

"But yes, I'm scared. I've lived in this house for six years and there has never been anything like this. It has always been quiet.

"You can see where the pellets hit the wall, and the coats. And the front door as well - there are holes.

Holes in a jacket which was hanging up, and bullet holes in the wall

"I have not heard anything from the police yet. We don't know what has happened. I didn't recognise the men, I've never seen them before. And they had masks on."

Two people arrested after the attack, which happened at about 4pm, have been released on bail.

The suspects, a 17-year-old boy and a 24-year-old man, were arrested on suspicion of wounding.

The family home where the shooting happened

The victim’s older brother described seeing people running up the street chased by a group of men, one of whom was holding a double-barrelled sawn-off shotgun.

The teenager said he believed the gang were after someone else and mistakenly thought their target had taken cover in the family house.

Wolverhampton Police have said incidents like this 'would not be tolerated' and that officers were working 'tirelessly' to find those responsible.

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