Farley shooting was “not random”

Shooting in Russell Street, Luton
Shooting in Russell Street, Luton

Police are still at the scene of a shooting in Russell Street which happened yesterday, as forensic examinations continue this morning (January 31).

A woman was taken to hospital with a hand wound, believed to be caused by shrapnel rather than a bullet, after shots were fired at 2.07pm.

Shooting in Russell Street, Luton

Shooting in Russell Street, Luton

The victim who is in her mid-30s and her partner are believed to have driven off as shots were fired at their vehicle.

Two men were seen running from the scene towards Stanley Street and they are described as black, both wearing hats and one wearing black sunglasses.

DI Ruth Dodsworth said: “We do not believe this was a random shooting and we know there were a number of people in the area that we still need to trace. I urge anyone who saw the incident or anyone who saw the two men standing at the junction of Russell Street and Wellington Street yesterday lunchtime to contact the police and help stop this type of violent crime happening again.”

It is believed the victim was with her partner and had driven along Russell Street and turned in to Wellington Street. They then turned their vehicle around and returned to the road junction where her partner was involved in an argument with two men before the shooting took place.

The victim was taken to hopsital and had an X-Ray and three stitches to her hand. She is currently assisting officers with their enquiries.

Both roads are currently closed and police reamin in the area to provide reassurance to the community.

If you have any information about this incident, call Beds Police on 101 or text information to 07786 200011 anonymously.

Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.