Officers are treating the suspected shooting as an isolated incident with those involved all thought to be known to each other
Police have made two further arrests after a suspected shooting in Washington.
At about 2pm yesterday, police received a report from the ambulance service that a man had suffered injuries from a gun shot in Washington.
It is believed the man had been in an altercation with someone outside the One Stop on Blue House Lane and was shot.
The 28-year-old victim was taken to hospital where he remains in a critical but stable condition today.
Two men – aged 26 and 33 – were arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent to commit grievous bodily harm (GBH) last night.
In the early hours of this morning, police have also arrested a 33-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder and a 24-year-old woman on suspicion of assisting an offender.
All four individuals remain in police custody and are assisting officers with their enquiries.
Chief Inspector Sam Rennison, of Northumbria Police, said: “We remain in the early stages of this investigation and we are committed to determining the circumstances behind the incident.
“A team of experienced detectives have been carrying out enquiries throughout yesterday and this morning, and we have now made four arrests in connection with this investigation.
“My message to the public is one of reassurance – incidents involving a firearm are very rare in this area, and we will not rest until we have established what exactly has happened.
“We believe this to be an isolated incident and all parties are known to each other. We are not currently looking for any other individuals in connection with this investigation.
“An increased police presence will remain in the area throughout today as officers carry out enquiries and offer reassurance to the community. Anyone who has any concerns is encouraged to speak to them.”
A police cordon remains in place and Blue House Lane is closed between Albany Way and the roundabout at Havannah Road. Motorists are advised to find an alternative route.
Police are eager for any witnesses to the incident to come forward. Anyone who can assist police is asked to call 101 quoting log 569 10/10/19 or online at the Northumbria Police website.
You can also report anonymously by contacting independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.