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Man shot outside Luton supermarket in 'targeted attack'

Police outside Axe Close, Luton
Image caption Officers knocked at doors and searched gardens in Axe Close

A man has been shot outside a Luton supermarket in a "targeted attack", police have said.

The victim, in his 20s, was taken to hospital with minor injuries after what is believed to have been a shotgun was fired in Axe Close at about 18:15 GMT on Thursday.

Bedfordshire Police said two people may have been involved in the attack.

The Nisa shop and its car park was closed while officers carry out investigations.

Image caption The car park behind Axe Close shop was closed as the police investigated the shooting

Det Insp Sean Quinn said: "We believe this to be a targeted attack on this individual and not a random shooting.

"It is only through sheer luck that the victim was not seriously injured and I would urge anyone with information as to who is responsible to call police."

The shop's owner, who wished to remain anonymous, said the victim ran into the shop "for sanctuary".

"It was complete mayhem; he was shot in the arm," he said.

Police have been looking at CCTV footage and carrying out door-to-door inquiries.

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