Teenage boy shot in Sunderland street comes out of coma

Hewitt Avenue in Ryhope, Sunderland, where a 15-year-old boy was shot in the head on Wednesday, October 5.
Hewitt Avenue in Ryhope, Sunderland, where a 15-year-old boy was shot in the head on Wednesday, October 5.

A schoolboy who was shot in the head in a Sunderland street has regained consciousness after being put in an induced coma.

The 15-year-old was shot in Hewitt Avenue in Ryhope last Wednesday night while he was a passenger on a motorbike.

He was taken to Newcastle's RVI and put on the critical list as medics battled to save him.

Northumbria Police say the boy is now conscious and in a stable condition.

A spokesman said: "The 15-year-old boy who was shot while he was riding pillion on a motorbike on Hewitt Street in Sunderland on Wednesday, October 5, is now conscious and his condition is described as stable.

"He is still receiving treatment at the RVI."

"Enquiries are continuing."

Steven Thompson, 39, of Hewitt Avenue, has been charged with attempted murder, possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, possession of a firearm without a certificate and perverting the course of justice.

He appeared before South Shields Magistrates Court on Friday and was remanded in custody to appear before Newcastle Crown Court on November 4.

A 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, also appeared on Friday, charged with possessing a firearm without a certificate and perverting the course of justice.

He appeared back at South Tyneside Magistrates Court on Monday, when the court was told police had recovered a number of firearms from addresses connected to Steven Thompson.