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Last Updated: Friday, 31 October, 2003, 16:18 GMT
Man shot outside girlfriend's house
The scene of the shooting
The man was shot when he got out of his car
Police are hunting two men after a man was shot outside his girlfriend's house in Dorset.

Officers were called to an address on a housing estate in Corfe Mullen, near Wimborne, at 1930 GMT on Thursday.

Neighbours had reported shots being fired.

They found a 40-year-old local man with shoulder injuries who was taken to Poole hospital.

One line of inquiry that we are following is that the victim and the assailants may be known to each other
Detective Inspector Gary Smith
Police are hunting for two men who disappeared from the scene.

Detective Inspector Gary Smith, of Poole CID, said: "We believe the shooting occurred at about 1900 GMT on Thursday at an address in Coventry Close, Corfe Mullen.

"One line of inquiry that we are following is that the victim and the assailants may be known to each other.

"Detectives are continuing to make inquiries and Dorset Police scenes-of-crime experts are examining the scene.

"I would like any witnesses and anyone else with information about the incident to contact us straight away.

Craig Parker
Mr Parker has lived in the area for 17 years
"The victim is still being treated in Poole hospital for his shoulder injury which is not life-threatening."

Detective Inspector Smith confirmed that three shots had been fired and that the weapon was thought to be a handgun.

Neighbour Craig Parker said: "I'm very concerned, obviously.

"I have a young family and that is the main concern.

"We have lived here 17 years and it has always been a very quiet residential area."



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