POLICE are hunting a gunman who shot his victim during a terrifying late-night confrontation at a Sunderland house.
A 28-year-old man suffered wounds to his leg in the attack at a Millfield flat.
The victim was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital where he was treated for his injuries, which are not thought to be life-threatening.
Police remained at the scene yesterday as CID officers carried out door-to-door inquiries to try and piece together what happened.
The incident happened at a property in Granville Street, where the victim is understood to live with a relation.
Neighbours in the street today told of their shock when they woke yesterday to find the attack had taken place on their doorsteps.
One resident, who did not want to be named, said: “The police have been here all day, knocking on doors and asking what happened.
“I didn’t hear a thing but it doesn’t surprise me because there’s always trouble. Nothing in this world shocks me any more.”
Another man living on the street added: “I got up at about 9am and looked outside and couldn’t believe how many police cars there were there.
“I just thought it was another drugs raid. There have been so many round here that I didn’t bat an eyelid.”
Officers have also been carrying out inquiries in Hylton Road and other roads surrounding Granville Street.
The incident happened at 11.30pm on Sunday.
A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police said: “Police received a report of a 28-year-old man with injuries consistent with gunshot wounds to his leg.
“He is currently in hospital in a stable condition.
“Officers are carrying out inquiries in order to establish what has happened and a scene has been identified at an address in Granville Street, Millfield.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police, tel. 03456 043 043, or Crimestoppers anonymously, tel. 0800 555 111.