Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Man shot in Southampton in 'targeted incident'

A 26-year-old man has been shot in Southampton in what police described as a "targeted incident".

The victim, from London, was shot inside a property in Northumberland Road in the early hours of Friday.

The gunman is described as black or mixed race, had short black hair and was wearing a black coat and jeans.

Hampshire police, who have only just released the details of the shooting, said it could have had "potentially serious consequences".

Det Insp Gary Towse said: "This incident occurred on the edge of a residential area in the early hours when most people were at home and in bed.

'Leaving in hurry'

"It is possible however that the person responsible may have been in the area during the day or days leading up to the incident and would have been seen by locals going about their daily business."

Police would particularly like to hear from potential witnesses who saw anyone calling at the address prior to the shooting at 0030 BST, or saw vehicles or people in the area in suspicious circumstances.

"We would especially like to hear from witnesses who saw anyone driving along Mount Pleasant Road at that time who may have seen a vehicle leaving in a hurry," Det Insp Towse added.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact Hampshire Police.

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