Teen shot while riding motorbike now conscious say police
A 15-year-old boy who was shot while riding pillion on a motorbike is now conscious and in a stable condition in hospital, police have said.
The teenager suffered a serious head injury after being shot on Hewitt Street in Sunderland last week.
Steven Thompson, 39, has been charged with attempted murder, possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, possession of a firearm without a certificate and perverting the course of justice.
A 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, also appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates' Court charged with possession of a firearm without a certificate and perverting the course of justice.
A Northumbria Police statement said: "The 15-year-old boy who was shot while he was riding pillion on a motorbike on Hewitt Street in Sunderland on Wednesday, October 5, is now conscious and his condition is described as stable.
"He is still receiving treatment at the RVI. Enquiries are continuing."
Police said on Thursday that officers were yet to find the weapon used.
The other person on the motorbike was uninjured.