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Man arrested over office shooting

A 62-year-old man is being questioned by police after a shooting at a solicitor's office left a man fighting for his life in hospital.

The family of the victim were at his bedside, police said, after he was shot in the head at the office of Morris, Goddard and Ward on St John's Street, Devizes.

He was later airlifted to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol by Great Western Air Ambulance.

Officers were called to the scene at shortly before 3pm and a man was seen driving away from the offices. The arrested man was detained by armed police in the nearby village of Rowde a short time later, Wiltshire Police said.

The local community had been left "understandably shocked by today's events and we appreciate their co-operation", a police spokeswoman said.

"A weapon we believe to have been used in the incident has been recovered," she added. "The male victim sustained life-threatening head injuries and was airlifted to Frenchay Hospital. His family are with him at the hospital."

The man arrested is being held at Melksham Police Station.

A number of roads around the Market Place in Devizes were cordoned off by police, who said they would remain closed while its major crime investigation team examined the scene.

Claire Perry, Conservative MP for Devizes, wrote of her shock at the shooting on Twitter.

"All thoughts and prayers with the victim of the tragic shooting today in Devizes, and his family," she wrote. "What an awful, shocking thing to happen."

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