A Worthing man was shot with a crossbow and beaten by a gang of men in Goring yesterday evening (Wednesday November 20th). Police are appealing for witnesses.
The 25-year-old victim was walking at Wallace Parade in Goring Road, Goring, when he was attacked outside Iceland by three masked men at about 6.00 pm.
He was shot in the side with a crossbow and struck with a weapon.
The attackers, who were wearing hooded tops and aged in their 20s or early 30s, ran away towards Worthing town centre.
The first attacker had a balaclava on, a white hooded top and dark trousers.
The second man was white, 5′ 8″ to 5′ 10″ with short dark hair. He was wearing a plain white t-shirt and dark jeans and was carrying a black bag.
The third man was white and 5′ 11″ to 6′. He was wearing a dark tracksuit.
Detective Inspector Andy Westwood, of West Sussex CID, said: “This was a violent incident close to what is usually a busy shopping precinct, although there were not many people around when the attack happened.
“Thankfully the victim has escaped with relatively minor injuries but this could have been far worse. We do not believe this was a random attack.
“I am keen to speak to anyone who saw or heard anything close to the Iceland store or who may have seen men running away from the scene that fit the description of the offenders.
“Did you see where they went or know where they might have been going? Please contact us.
“We will not tolerate violence on the streets of Worthing and are determined to track down these men.”
Anyone with information should call 101 or email email@example.com quoting serial 1175 of November 20th, or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.