POLICE are hunting a man in connection with a shooting incident which left the busy A47 between Guyhirn and Wisbech closed for nearly 12 hours on Saturday.
Fenland’s busiest road was closed while forensic officers scoured the scene where a silver Audi car dramatically left the road before flipping upside down on its roof and ending in a ditch.
A 25-year-old man from Guyhirn suffered non-life threatening injuries in the incident, which involved two cars and happened at about 4am on Saturday.
He was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn but discharged himself on Sunday morning.
A police spokesman confirmed on Saturday night that a firearm had been involved in the incident.
Residents in the nearby village of Rings End reported hearing gunfire in the early hours, with some speculation that shots had been fired from moving vehicles.
A 43-year-old father-of-three, who did not want to give his name, said he was woken by the sound of two gun shots in quick succession in the early hours, and heard a third about 30 seconds later.
He said: “At first I thought it was a car, but it was a different sound. A gun shot is totally different.”
The resident, who is familiar with firearms through hunting, said the third shot sounded as though it came from a different type of gun to the first two.
He said it was “frightening” to have such violence so close to home.
He said: “It leaves you pondering the consequences of letting children go out of your sight at all.”
The possibility that shots had been fired from moving cars only added to residents’ shock, he said.
He said: “It’s absolutely crazy. You would expect it on the streets of the Bronx in New York; you would certainly not expect it in Guyhirn.”
By mid-morning, a number of police vehicles were at the scene, including a scientific support unit.
Investigators wearing protective overalls were on site and an area of the tree-lined verge had been cordoned off with police tape while the road between the Guyhirn roundabout and the Redmoor Lane roundabout at Wisbech remained closed to traffic.
A 29-year-old dog walker from Rings End, who also asked not to be named, said: “It looked like something was going on in the trees. There were lots of people in white suits up there.”
The dog walker said he was “shocked” to learn of a possible shooting along the stretch of road, which he had heard about from people in the area.
Two sites in Guyhirn had also been cordoned off as part of the police investigation.
A 44-year-old Rings End resident, who also asked not to be named, said: “It’s very worrying. At the end of the day someone has got a gun and is willing to come around our area and shoot at someone else.
“What if it had happened outside our house and a stray bullet had come through the window?”
The East of England Ambulance Service was called to the crash scene and crews assessed and treated a man for non life-threatening injuries before taking him to hospital.
The diversion put in place left motorists facing a detour via March, Friday Bridge and Elm before rejoining the A47 at Wisbech.
Today (Monday) a police spokesman confirmed the injured man had suffered minor injuries as a result of the collision, and had not been shot.
He also confirmed the man had discharged himself from hospital and that officers were hoping to speak to him during the day.
The spokesman said officers were trying to trace a man in connection with the incident, but confirmed there had been no arrests.
He also explained the A47 had been closed for so long to allow forensic work to be completed before the crashed vehicle was removed.