An 18-year-old man was taken to hospital after being shot near a girls’ grammar school.
An investigation to trace the gunman was under way, police said, confirming that the teenager had received a single gunshot wound.
He was taken by ambulance to the William Harvey Hospital at 8pm on Monday following the shooting in Frith Road, Dover, Kent, where the Dover Grammar School for Girls is located.
A Kent Police spokesman said: “Police are currently dealing with an incident in the Frith Road area of Dover following reports of a shooting which took place just after 8pm, where a man has received a single gunshot injury. The man has been taken to hospital where he is currently in a stable condition.
“Police are currently at the scene and there are a number of road closures in place around Frith Road, Charlton Green and Salisbury Road.”
Jackie Bowles, landlady of The Louis Armstrong pub in nearby Maison Dieu Road, said: “There’s lots of police activity and helicopters. They’ve shut the end of Salisbury Road and Bridge Street. The main activity seems to be at the grammar school.
Keith Thomas, landlord of the Red Lion pub, Charlton Green, said: “A policeman came into the pub and confirmed there had been a shooting.
“It’s all still cordoned off and there’s lots of police.”
Police appealed for anyone who witnessed or has any information about the incident to contact them on 01622 690 690.
They warned that road closures may still remain in place on Tuesday morning.