Scout, 15, is shot in the jaw on his way to school in Suffolk 'by friend after ...

A boy aged 15 was in a critical condition in hospital last night after being shot in the face on his way to school.

The alleged attacker – believed to be a former friend – is said to have been waiting outside the teen’s home.

The unnamed Year 11 pupil had been returning to school for the first time since lockdown when he was blasted in the jaw, according to witnesses.

The gunman is said to be a fellow pupil at the school. Last night police were quizzing a 15-year-old arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

The shooting happened at 8.40am in an upmarket area of Kesgrave, near Ipswich, Suffolk. Paramedics spent 90 minutes battling to help the boy before he was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

A teenager (pictured) has been arrested by police after a 15-year-old boy was shot on his way to school in front of terrified pupils near Ipswich today

A teenager (pictured) has been arrested by police after a 15-year-old boy was shot on his way to school in front of terrified pupils near Ipswich today

The suspect - who witnesses say hid in a back garden behind an animal enclosure just moments after the attack - was pictured being hauled into a police car in handcuffs less than six miles from the shooting in Kesgrave. Pictured: Police outside a property close to the scene of the shooting

The suspect - who witnesses say hid in a back garden behind an animal enclosure just moments after the attack - was pictured being hauled into a police car in handcuffs less than six miles from the shooting in Kesgrave. Pictured: Police outside a property close to the scene of the shooting

A witness said the boy was not perturbed by the armed officers who rushed to his car - which he was seen driving moments before - to arrest him. Pictured: Police stopping a convertible car. It is unclear if this car is connected to the shooting

A witness said the boy was not perturbed by the armed officers who rushed to his car - which he was seen driving moments before - to arrest him. Pictured: Police stopping a convertible car. It is unclear if this car is connected to the shooting

Friends described the victim, a pupil at Kesgrave High School, as a ‘lovely lad’ and a ‘normal kid’ who enjoyed being a Scout and music.

Witnesses claimed the two boys used to be friends but had fallen out.

Two hours after the attack, armed police pounced on the suspected gunman in another part of Kesgrave. Residents described their shock as a dozen firearms officers swooped with dogs.

The boy was said to be found hiding in a convertible car belonging to his father outside a large detached home.

Police were seen stopping a convertible car. It is unclear if this car is connected to the shooting

Police were seen stopping a convertible car. It is unclear if this car is connected to the shooting

Witnesses claim the arrested teenager - who witnesses say hid in a back garden behind an animal enclosure just moments after the attack - had been driving his father’s car when stopped by police outside an address five miles from the school. Pictured: Police outside a property in Ipswich

Witnesses claim the arrested teenager - who witnesses say hid in a back garden behind an animal enclosure just moments after the attack - had been driving his father's car when stopped by police outside an address five miles from the school. Pictured: Police outside a property in Ipswich

Police this afternoon maintained a visible presence outside the high school (pictured), which is about four miles from Ipswich town centre, with four uniformed officers standing at the main gates

Police this afternoon maintained a visible presence outside the high school

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