Third man arrested following car park shooting

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POLICE have arrested a third man today on suspicion of attempted murder following a shooting on Tyneside on Friday night.

Colin Ferry was gunned down in the car park of the Wheatsheaf Pub in Benton, and remains in a stable condition in hospital.

His injuries are not life threatening.

On Tuesday morning a 47-year-old was taken into police custody and is helping with enquiries.

Mr Ferry, 47, was shot around 5pm on Friday, December 14, near the junction of Great Lime Road and Benton Lane in Benton.

Officers are continuing to investigate the attack and are renewing their appeal for anyone with information about the shooting to come forward.

DCI Nicola Musgrove from the force’s major crime team, said: “Both Great Lime Road and Benton Lane were busy with traffic at the time of the shooting.

“There were people in the area and we need them to come forward with any information they might have about this attack.

“At this stage our enquiries indicate this was not a random incident and as such we do not believe there is a danger to the wider public.

“It appears the people involved are known to each other and it was an isolated incident.

“Additional patrols are taking place and anyone with any concerns should speak with their local officers.”

A 42-year-old man and a 47-year-old man arrested earlier in the week on suspicion of attempted murder have been bailed pending further enquiries.

A 22-year-old man and a 21-year-old man arrested on suspicion of violent disorder have also been bailed pending further enquiries, as has a 25-year-old woman, who was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Anyone who was in the area at the time of the shooting or who has information about it is asked to contact police on the 101 non-emergency number.

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.