A six-year-old boy was hit in the back and hand after a group of men fired shots at a house in Wolverhampton.
The child was rushed to hospital after the incident at an address on Ashbourne Road, Eastfield, just before 4pm today on Good Friday.
West Midlands Police said his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
DI Rod Rose said: ‘This was a shocking incident where someone has opened fire with a shotgun in the middle of the day.
‘A child has been injured and we need to establish exactly what has happened.
The motive of this attack is not clear at this stage, but it’s clearly a hugely reckless act and we need to identify those responsible as soon as possible.
We have extra officers, including armed officers, in the area as we’ve increased patrols to support and reassure the community during this concerning time
We’re doing all we can to find the offenders and as part of our investigation, CCTV is being examined and witnesses are being spoken to.
‘If anyone was in the area at the time and saw what happened I would urge them to get in touch.