Carol sent me an email from the Academy on Friday. Apparently there had been a fatal shooting in Fishermead, an area of Milton Keynes in the next 'grid' square from here.
The victims of this incident had gone to the Sir Frank Markham Community School (which was the former school which the new Milton Keynes Academy replaced.) and Carol had known some of the younger family members of the victims of this incident. This incident has been covered in both national and regional news on television.
The following statement was issued by Thames Valley Police about the incident:
'Thames Valley Police is continuing to investigate a shooting which happened in the Fishermead area of Milton Keynes yesterday (26/5).
The incident happened in an alleyway at Fishermead Boulevard shortly after 10pm.
A 19-year-old man died at the scene and an 18-year-old man is in a critical condition in hospital.
Det Supt Rob Mason, who is leading the investigation, said: “We are obviously still at a very early stage of this investigation.
“We believe that the victims in this incident are friends, but we do not know if the offender is known to them.
“The second man is critically ill with a gun shot wound to his head and is currently under an armed guard at Milton Keynes General Hospital for his own protection.
“I realise that there is a lot of concern in the community as well as a lot of speculation about the reasons behind this incident. We are still trying to establish the facts and cannot be drawn on rumours and speculation. We have a large and highly visible police presence in the area which should provide some reassurance to the community at this difficult time.
“I continue to urge anyone who has any information about this incident to contact police urgently.”
Anyone with any information about this incident should contact Thames Valley Police via 0845 8 505 505.'
Alternatively, if you do not want to speak to police or leave your name, please contact the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.'