Boy, 16, who blasted friend with shotgun on way to school guilty of attempted murder

A teenager who shot a 15-year-old boy with a double-barrelled shotgun has been found guilty of his attempted murder.

The defendant, 16, claimed he only wanted to “scare” his victim but ended up firing at his face by accident.

The schoolboy was walking to school in Kesgrave, near Ipswich, Suffolk, on September 7, 2020, when he was gunned down.

His attacker explained his victim had caused him “humiliation and fear” which he planned on retaliating to.

In a police video interview played to jurors, a friend said that the defendant had spoken of a plan to shoot the boy, but the friend added he did not think he was being serious.

He said the teenager “adored” a computer game in which players shoot people, which is “hyper-realistic in its violence”.

The defendant took his dad’s car and drove to the location where he lay in wait for the boy for more than an hour before he shot him with his grandfather’s Beretta, said prosecutor Riel Karmy-Jones QC told Ipswich Crown Court. 

Air ambulance doctor Chloe Baker said the child’s gunshot wound “extended across his lower right face and the right front area of his neck, and the bone and teeth of his right jaw were largely absent”.

Ms Karmy-Jones described the boy’s injuries as “devastating and life-changing”, adding that he was left “partially paralysed”.