Police are appealing for witnesses after a doorman was shot outside a Newcastle nightclub.
It happened at 10.30pm yesterday outside Tup Tup Palace, in Saint Nicholas Street.
Police attended after a report that a member of door staff at the premises had been injured.
It has been established a firearm was discharged by a person travelling on a motorbike which then made off.
The injured man, aged 24, was taken to hospital for treatment. His condition is stable and not believed to be life-threatening.
Inquiries are ongoing to trace the motorbike and person responsible. The bike is believed to be a silver motorbike.
Extra officers are on patrol in the city centre.
Superintendent Bruce Storey, said: “We’re carrying out inquiries to establish the circumstances of this incident and any particular motive, at the current time our inquiries so far lead us to believe there is not a risk to the wider members of the public.
“Understandably though people are concerned and it is worrying that this has happened, especially on a busy night in Newcastle city centre where there were many people enjoying a night out.
“Extra patrols were quickly deployed to the city centre, both to deal with the incident and to offer reassurance to those who were in the city. An increased police presence will continue both during the day and night and I would encourage anyone who does have any concerns to speak to an officer on patrol.
“We are doing everything we can to trace the motorbike and the person responsible for this shooting and would ask anyone with information to come forward and speak to us. If anyone saw a silver motorbike bike in the city centre around the time of this incident or saw it before or has seen it since then we want to hear from them.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference 1410 070615 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.