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Shotgun cartridge clue in attempted murder inquiry

A shotgun cartridge left at the scene of a shooting in Luton in May. Photo: Bedfordshire Police

Police in Bedfordshire have released an image of a shotgun cartridge they hope will help solve a shooting and hit and run incident in Luton.

The green unused .410 cartridge was left at the scene of a shooting in Addington Way on 25 May.

The shooting happened at approximately 1.30am as the 18-year-old victim was walking with friends along Addington Way. Two masked people appeared and shot him in the back. He wasn’t seriously injured was treated in hospital to remove pellets from his back

The image was released a week after detectives launched an attempted murder investigation after linking the incident with a ‘hit and run’ collision in Radnor Road, Luton on 12 June.

CCTV from the collision has already been released in an attempt to identify the driver of the black car, possibly Seat Leon, which deliberately hit a 24-year-old pedestrian at 11pm and carried him towards St Dominic’s Square before leaving the scene without stopping.

Both incidents are now being investigated by the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit and are being treated as attempted murder after detectives are potentially linking them based on information from earlier public appeals.

Police are linking a hit and run incident in Radnor Road with the shooting. Credit: ITV News Anglia

“Members of the public should realise that both victims narrowly escaped with their lives and we need their help to ensuret hose responsible for these crimes are caught."

– DCI Jason Gordon

DCI Jason Gordon, leading both investigations, said: “I understand that these cartridges are no longer manufactured but firearms retailers or firearms licence holders may still have some in stock or may have had some stolen in the past. I would ask these people to come forward and speak with detectives so we can piece together exactly where this ammunition has come from.”