A MAN was left with multiple gunshot wounds in a drive-by shooting.
Police believe vehicles pulled up outside the home of the 56-year-old man, named locally as Keith Robinson, before he was shot a number of times as he was standing in the garden.
The vehicles are said to have then left the scene.
Two men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following the incident, which happened just after 2.30pm on Monday in Brackendale Court, in Station Town.
Chief Inspector Andy Huddleston, of Durham Police, said: “Our initial investigations lead us to believe the shooting was a planned and targeted attack.
“We do not believe there is a wider risk to the public at this time.
“An extensive investigation is very much ongoing and further arrests are likely.
“The investigation team will be conducting house-to-house inquiries, reviewing CCTV footage along with forensic examinations.”
The man was taken to hospital with multiple gunshot injuries.
Police would only say a firearm was used and that the man was shot a number of times in the lower body.
His injuries are believed, at this stage, to be non-life threatening.
Two men, aged 24 and 27 from Wingate, were arrested on Monday and remained in custody where they were being questioned by detectives.
A Wingate resident, who did not wish to be named, said: “I heard the man was shot in both legs.
“The street was cordoned off with police all over the place, which is understandable.”
Another resident of Wingate, a woman who did not want to be identified, said: “I heard that the man was shot but I don’t really know him.
“Apparently whoever did it dumped the car at the bottom of Bruce Crescent and ran through the woods, which lead onto the A181, but apparently they got caught at the top of the wood.”
Another described being in the garden hanging out washing when they heard sirens, and then the police helicopter overhead, before a neighbour said someone had been shot.
Chf Insp Huddleston said: “I would like to appeal to any members of the public who saw anyone acting suspiciously or vehicles travelling at speed in and around the Wingate area yesterday afternoon to contact us.
“While this is shocking, incidents of this nature are thankfully rare in County Durham and our neighbourhood officers will be in the community today passing this message on.”
Anyone with information can contact police on 101.