Well-wishers have set up a fund to help a 15-year-old boy who is fighting for his life after being shot in a street.
A Go Fund Me Page has been created to help the teenager, who was injured on Wednesday night in the Hewitt Aveue area of Ryhope.
The page is hoping to raise cash for the youngster, who is believed to be named Kyle and from Ryhope himself.
He is currently being treated in the RVI in Newcastle and is described as being in a critical condition.
The page reads: “15 year old Kyle was shot in the head whilst a passenger on a bike in ryhope.
“He suffered a serious head wound and was taken to Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary where he remains in a critical condition.
“We would like to gather together to raise funds for Lindsey (Kyle’s mam) to assist her with travel costs and support whilst Kyle fights this horrific attack.
“The whole of Ryhope are totally behind you xxxx.”
So far more than £30 has been pledged towards a £1,000 target.
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 earlier today in connection with the incident.
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.
The 15-year-old boy, who was shot on Wednesday evening, remains in hospital in a critical condition.
The two defendants appeared in the dock, side by side, dressed in grey sweatshirts.
Magistrates agreed they should stand trial at Newcastle Crown Court.
No pleas were entered and the case was adjourned until November 4.