THE man injured in a drive-by shooting was shot in the genitals, it has emerged.
The 56-year-old man, named locally as Keith Robinson, was shot in the groin and legs.
Two Wingate men, aged 24 and 27, arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with the incident have now been bailed.
The man was standing in his garden around 2.30pm on Monday when a number of vehicles pulled up into the quiet close of Brackendale Court, in Station Town near Wingate, and opened fire.
Police say the victim was shot at numerous times in the lower body area and the vehicles then sped away from the scene.
The victim remained in hospital yesterday morning, following the incident, though his injuries are not being described as life-threatening.
Police have said they are expecting further arrests, though none had been made yesterday.
Officers have said that initial investigations lead them to believe that this was a planned and targeted attack.
Emergency services, including police, paramedics and the force helicopter rushed to the scene on Monday.
Chief Inspector Andy Huddleston said: “Whilst this is shocking, incidents of this nature are thankfully rare in County Durham.”
Officers are continuing their probe into the shooting.
Anyone with information is urged to call police on 101.