Two 36-year-old men suffered head and facial injuries after being “pistol-whipped” with what appeared to be handguns during an assault in Linslade last night (Sunday).
The assault took place in Leighton Road at around 10.45pm as the victims were looking for a man – a black man in his 20s, wearing a red hooded top and riding a black and white mountain bike – who had allegedly stolen a mobile phone from a woman in the town earlier that evening.
As the men approached the Shell filling station, a silver Vauxhall Astra van with tinted windows and alloy wheels pulled up and two offenders got out and attacked the victims.
Both of the attackers appeared to be carrying handguns which were used to strike the victims to the face and body. One of the men then discharged his weapon in the air before the pair got back into the van and drove away.
Both victims were taken to Luton and Dunstable Hospital for treatment to head, facial and upper body injuries.
Detectives are in the process of checking CCTV footage but are keen to speak with members of the public who were in the area and may have seen the assault taking place.
Det Con Claire Long, who is investigating the assault, said: “This was an extremely violent and terrifying attack which has left two men with very nasty injuries. We have already spoken with a number of witnesses but I would urge anyone who was in the Leighton Road area around the time of the attack to get in contact with Bedfordshire Police.”
The first attacker – who was driving the van – was a white man, around 6ft 2ins tall, in his late 20s or early 30s, of heavy build, carrying a black handgun and wearing a dark coloured hooded top and grey tracksuit bottoms.
The second attacker was also a white man, in his 20s, around 5ft 8ins tall, of medium build, wearing a dark hooded top and bottoms and was carrying a silver handgun which was discharged in the air.
If you have information contact Det Con Long, in confidence, on 01582 394296, the non-emergency 101 number, or text information to 07786 200011.