A teenager has been arrested after a 15-year-old boy was shot on his way to school in front of terrified pupils in Ipswich today.
Armed police swarmed the area following reports of a gunshot in Kesgrave, near Ipswich this morning.
The Year 11 pupil at sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital at around 8.40am.
The victim was found at Friends Walk, which is less than half a mile from Kesgrave High School, where the pupil attends.
Suffolk Police confirmed that shortly before 1.00pm a teenage boy, whose age has not been confirmed, has been arrested and is currently being questioned.
A concerned mother posted on Facebook this morning something 'major' has happened and that 'lots of people were screaming' with one lady saying 'run, someone has been shot.'
And another local writing on Facebook, said how police searched gardens and woodlands at the back of his home looking for a gunman.
Police at the scene of the incident in Grange Farm, Kesgrave, which is to the east of Ipswich
Richard Wiper, who collects exotic pets, said: 'Yes armed police were in the carpark and checking the garden and woodland because there was a bloke seen hiding behind my animal enclosures.
'I got woken up to the dogs going mad after being up all night dealing with a sick animal and then armed police everywhere but they didn't find him and have now shot off back towards the hospital way.'
In a Twitter post the school confirmed there had been a 'serious incident' involving one of their pupils. For many pupils today was the first day back at school at Kesgrave High School.
Assistant Chief Constable Rob Jones, from Suffolk Police, said: 'Following this serious incident our priority is to keep everyone safe.
'We have now made an arrest as part of the investigation and are working with our partners in Suffolk and our schools to ensure that everyone feels safe when they are collecting their children from school this afternoon.
'There will be more police officers on patrol and to provide reassurance in the