WATCH: Residents in Sunderland street where teenager was shot in head speak

Residents in a street where a schoolboy was shot in the head have spoken of their relief as a police cordon was lifted.

The 15-year-old was injured on Wednesday night after being shot while in Hewitt Avenue, in Ryhope, Sunderland.

Hewitt Avenue in Ryhope, Sunderland.

Hewitt Avenue in Ryhope, Sunderland.

The boy was a passenger on a motorbike when he was seriously injured.

He was taken to the RVI in Newcastle and is described as being in a critical condition.

Two people have now appeared in court in connection with the incident.

A cordon covered much of the street on Thursday, with residents unable to leave using their cars as forensic teams gathered evidence. 

John Thompson, a 63-year-old carer who lives in Hewitt Avenue, just yards from where the boy was hurt, said: “They lifted the main cordon about 4pm on Thursday but there is still one around a house in the street.

“At least us who live around here can go out in our cars again now because we couldn’t yesterday. 

“We’ve heard the boy is still critical so we just hope for him and his family’s sake that he pulls through.”

One woman who also lives in Hewitt Avenue, but did not want to be named, said: “I was out at work when it happened and came home to see everything going on with the police and the ambulance.

“I’ve lived here for years and I don’t agree with what some people have been saying, it’s a canny area.

“You don’t expect the street you live in to be all over the news like this though.”

Another woman, who did also not want to be named, said: “There are kids out around here quite a lot but they aren’t that much of a problem.

“You don’t like to see this kind of thing happen though because it brings the place down.

“Everyone hopes the young lad will make a recovery.” 

Steven Thompson, 39, of Hewitt Avenue, Ryhope, and a 16-year-old boy who cannot be named for legal reasons appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court this morning.

Thompson is charged with attempted murder, possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, perverting the course of justice and possession of a firearm without a certificate.

The teenager is accused of perverting the course of justice and possession of a firearm without a certificate.

Magistrates agreed they should stand trial at Newcastle Crown Court.

No pleas were entered and the case was adjourned until November 4.