A teenager has been shot in a “targeted attack” in Essex, police have said.
Officers have been deployed to Basildon Hospital after a man was shot in Tilbury, Essex, at around 7.15pm on Wednesday.
Detectives believe he was injured after being approached by two men.
An Essex Police statement said: “We are investigating following an incident in Tilbury where a man was shot.
“A 19 year-old man was taken to Basildon Hospital with a gunshot wound to his stomach shortly before 7.15pm today (Wednesday, September 26).
“It is believed he had been injured after being approached by two men in the area of Raphael Avenue and Sullivan Road in Tilbury.
“He is currently in a serious condition.
“The area of Raphael Avenue and Sullivan Road has been cordoned off while officers investigate and we have officers at Basildon Hospital.”
Detective Inspector Stuart Truss, from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “This investigation is in a very early stage but we’re already building up a picture of the circumstances which led up to it.
“While it is unclear what the motive behind the attack was we believe it was targeted and there is no risk to the wider public.
“I appreciate this will be concerning for the local community but I want to emphasise incidents like this are very rare.
“The area where it is thought this incident took place is a busy residential one and I believe someone will have seen something.
“I particularly need to speak to anyone who saw a small black car in the area at the time of the incident.”