A pair of 13-year-old schoolboys survived being shot after they were rushed to hospital.

The children were gunned down just before 10.05pm last night outside some garages in Norton, Stoke-on-Trent.

Paramedics took one boy to the Royal Stoke University Hospital and the other to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Fortunately, both of them survived and neither sustained life-threatening or life-changing injuries.

The area where the shooting happened has been cordoned off while detectives start a forensic investigation.

Currently, the police do not know ‘what happened or who is responsible’.

Detective inspector Pete Goodwin, from the criminal investigation department, said: ‘I’m appealing for anyone with information or who saw what happened to get in touch with us as soon as possible, as they may have vital information.

‘If you live in the area please check your CCTV and if you were driving in that area at around 10pm last night please check your dashcam footage.

‘Extra officers will be in the area to offer reassurance.’

British police do not deal with shootings as much as they do other types of violence – as the UK has one of the lowest rates of gun crime in the world.

But people are still able to get guns smuggled from Europe, via the dark web and through parcel post, according to the National Crime Agency.

Usually criminals in the UK use pistols, revolvers or shotguns, as opposed to fully automatic weapons.

Most shootings in the country are carried out by street gangs involved in armed robberies or drug dealing.

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