A teenager who was shot in the stomach and believed by the police to be a targeted attack is being guarded in the hospital by police officers.

It is believed that the 19-year-old victim was attacked after being approached by two men in Tilbury just before 7:15 pm, police said.

He is currently in a serious illness at Basildon University Hospital, the troupe said.

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The area of ​​Raphael Avenue and Sullivan Road, where the alleged gunfire took place, has been cordoned off, while officers have also been stationed in the hospital.

The police presence in the hospital sparked fears in the social media that the Basildon Hospital was closed.

A spokesman for the hospital said the A & E was open and that the people in need of care "should appear normal".

Detective Inspector Stuart Truss of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said, "This investigation is at a very early stage, but we are already building a picture of the circumstances that led to it.

"While it's not clear what the motive was for the attack, we believe it was purposeful and not risky to the general public.

"I know that this will be of concern to the local community, but I want to emphasize that incidents like these are very rare.

"The area where this incident took place is a busy residential area and I believe that someone will have seen something.

"I especially need to talk to anyone who saw a small black car in the area at the time of the incident."

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Anyone who has information about the incident will be prompted to call 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously at 0800 555 111.

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