Detectives are appealing for witnesses after shots were fired outside a Southampton school.

Police were called to Middle Road in Sholing just after 1.30pm last Friday following reports that a gunman had been seen firing a weapon at a second man. 

Both men then got into separate vehicles and drove away from the scene.

The shooting outside Oasis Academy Sholing sparked a major hunt for the gunman.

Road closures were put in place on Middle Road and the surrounding areas while officers investigated the dramatic incident.

They were lifted later that evening but officers remained at the scene over the weekend and high-visibility patrols are continuing to be carried out in the area in a bid to reassure the community. 

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Police went to Oasis Academy on Monday to look for any evidence that could help the investigation. 

A police spokesperson said: "While the school was not the target of this incident, searches in and around the school grounds have been conducted as part of our ongoing enquiries due to its close proximity to the incident."

Detective Inspector Matt Gillooly added: "We are fully aware of the impact that this incident has had on the local community over the last 72 hours.

"Rest assured that we are continuing to work at pace to identify those involved as part of our ongoing enquiries – as demonstrated by the continued police presence in the area and our ongoing enquires and searches in the local area. 

"Were you driving in on Middle Road or Heath Road within the vicinity of The Oasis Academy between 13:25 and 13:35 on Friday and have recorded dash-cam footage?

"If so, we would implore you to come forward and report this to the police directly, if you haven’t done so already, by calling 101 and quoting 44230430069 or Op Diary. Alternatively, you can make a report via the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Constabulary website. 

“We know that you may not want to speak to police directly, but if you have any information – no matter how small or insignificant you believe it to be – this can be reported 100 per cent anonymously via independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or via their website.

“Please, if you have any information that may prove fruitful to our ongoing investigation, do report it to us.”