A TEENAGER was shot in a late-night attack in a Southampton street.

Emergency services were called to Bluebell Road at 10.15pm on Monday night following the incident, which happened outside a home.

Police say the 17-year-old boy was shot in the legs and ankles and it is believed the weapon used was a shotgun.

Officers later cordoned off a section of the street while they carried out forensic enquiries.

The victim is currently in hospital receiving treatment for non-life threatening gun shot wounds.

Many local residents have expressed their “surprise” over the incident as they did not hear anything suspicious on Monday night.

Ayesha Peares of Bluebell Road said: “I didn’t hear anything or see anything until the police.

“I noticed them at about 12’o’clock there were probably about six cars but they didn’t have any sirens on.

“There were no ambulances.

“The police were round my house [yesterday] and said it happened between 8.30pm and 10.30pm but we didn’t hear anything.”

Another resident added: “I can’t tell you anything as we heard nothing.

“I am very surprised this has happened.

“I would like to say that it is a nice place to live here.”

Police carried out door-to-door enquiries yesterday appealing for information.

Detective Inspector Adam Edwards said: “While we are still in the early stages of this investigation, we would like to reassure the local community that we believe this was an isolated incident with no wider risk to the community.

“At this point, it’s really important for us to ascertain the exact circumstances of what happened and we will be in the local area today asking for residents to assist with us with those enquiries.

“We also have a number of officers carrying out extra patrols to provide reassurance in the local community. If you have any concerns, or if you have any information, please speak to one of the officers, or your local neighbourhood policing team.

“We would like to hear from anyone who was in Bluebell Road last night at around this time who heard or saw anything suspicious to get in contact with us on 101 and quote 44190059982.”

Swaythling councillor, Lorna Fielker, said: “I was really shocked to hear about this incident and hope that that young man injured recovers quickly.

“Everyone has the right to feel safe in their community but it’s sad fact Southampton has lost a third of its police force since 2010.

Labour led Southampton City Council want to make sure we get our fair share of police resources and will be working with local police and partner agencies to lobby for this.”