Police investigating a shooting in Morecambe - which left a woman with serious injuries, have arrested a number of people on suspicion of attempted murder.
Officers were called by the ambulance service at shortly after 12.30am on Saturday (December 2nd) to an address on Buttermere Avenue where paramedics were treating a woman with facial injuries.
The 29 year old victim told police she had walked into her living room after hearing a knock at the window. She then heard a loud bang, the window shattered and she was hit in the face by what are believed to be shotgun pellets.
She remains at hospital undergoing surgery for facial injuries described as serious but not life threatening.
Five people have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
They are a 19 year old woman from Lancaster; a 45 year old man from Morecambe; a 37 year old woman from Morecambe; a 23 year old man from Bradford and a 33 year old man from Morecambe. They have all been bailed pending further enquiries.
Police believe the shooting was an isolated incident and have launched a full investigation and are appealing for witnesses. Extra police patrols are in the area to reassure the local community.
Detective Superintendent Simon Giles said: “This was an extremely serious incident and it is only a matter of luck that the victim was not more seriously hurt or even killed. While we have made a number of arrests I still need the public’s help to track down those responsible.
“While I do believe this was an isolated incident and there is no threat to the wider community I understand that this may cause some concern and I’d reassure the public that we have a major investigation running in order to locate and arrest those responsible.”
“Incidents like this will not be tolerated and extra patrols have been deployed in the affected area.
“I would encourage anyone with information about this incident to contact police on 101 quoting log number 0035 of Saturday, December 2nd or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
Four other men have been arrested on suspicion of Conspiracy to Supply Class A drugs. They are a 28 and 33 year old from Lancaster and a 33 and 35 year old from Morecambe. They have all been released under investigation.