Police have launched a major investigation after a 15-year-old boy was shot in Coventry city centre.
Detectives said the youngster was standing near McDonald’s when a motorbike carrying a number of people drove past and a weapon was fired.
The shooting happened in Cross Cheaping at around 11.10pm yesterday, police said.
A second man, believed to be around 20 who was standing near the child, was also injured and has been released from hospital.
The boy was taken to hospital for surgery. His injuries are described as potentially life-changing, but not life-threatening.
In a statement, West Midlands Police said: ‘A major investigation has been launched into the shooting, which is being treated as attempted murder.
‘Officers are following up a number of lines of enquiries and are particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have dash cam footage from the area, as there were a number of taxis in the city centre at the time.
‘People in the city centre will see an increased police presence today as officers carry out reassurance patrols.’
Det Insp Harjit Ubhi added: ‘This was an appalling and reckless attack in a part of the city centre which was busy with people enjoying nights out.
‘We are already going through CCTV and identifying witnesses, and are determined to bring the people responsible to justice as swiftly as possible.’
Officers are also trying to establish if there are any links with two other incidents that happened in the city centre at around the same time.
A knife was recovered from a bag in the Cosy Club on Cathedral Lanes and three people were arrested at around 11.30am.
A teenager, 18, was also robbed of jewellery near the nearby Litten Tree pub.
Anyone with information has been asked to contact police or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.