Police link shooting to car strike
Dramatic video showing a pedestrian being hit by a car in what police suspect was a deliberate act has been released in a bid to catch the culprit.
The male victim is struck with enough force he bounces into the car's windscreen before being carried along on the bonnet for several more yards, in footage released by Bedfordshire Police.
As the car stops, the 24-year-old victim is flung off into the road but manages to struggle to his feet before limping away, with passers-by running to the man's aid.
The car, thought to be a Seat Leon, was then driven off and has yet to be traced.
The incident which happened in Radnor Road in Luton at 11pm on Thursday, June 12, is being treated as attempted murder by detectives.
Police say they are "potentially linking" it to another crime, also being investigated as an attempted murder, which happened in the town two weeks beforehand when another man was shot in the back with a pellet gun.
Detective Chief Inspector Jason Gordon of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: "The victims in both these incidents are lucky to be alive.
"They both narrowly escaped very serious injury and it is clear the offenders on both occasions meant to cause serious harm."
In the shooting an 18-year-old man was walking with friends along Addington Way when two masked assailants struck at about 1.30am on Sunday, May 25.
In a direct appeal, Mr Gordon said people living in the area held the key to the attackers' identities and he urged them to come forward.
"We are re-appealing for the public's help again as the CCTV could potentially unlock these investigations," he said.
"There are clear links between the two incidents, even though they happened two weeks apart.
"There will be people living in the community who know who is responsible and now they are being treated as attempt murder will I hope make people realise this is serious and come forward."
Anyone with information can call police the major crime unit on 01480 422791, telephone Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.
Alternatively people can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.