A 22-YEAR-old man sustained minor injuries after being shot in the abdomen with an air pistol.

Armed response police officers were mobilised to Walton Street, Altham, following reports that a man had been injured around 1.40pm yesterday.

Officers described him as ‘walking wounded’ and said he sustained minor injuries after he was injured with a black air pistol.

He was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital for treatment and was last night being interviewed by police to establish the circumstances around the incident.

Officers were called to the scene by the ambulance service.

Anyone with information, call police on 0845 1 25 35 45.