Police launch urgent manhunt for masked gunman aiming weapon at cars near Eton College

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By Ben Chapman

Published: 25/03/2023

- 15:35

Updated: 25/03/2023

- 15:44

The suspect was seen stalking the streets near Eton College in Windsor, donning a disturbing Covid face mask

A manhunt has been launched for a masked gunman who has been terrorising members of the public near Prince Harry and Prince William’s old school.

The suspect was seen stalking the streets near Eton College in Windsor, donning a Covid face mask.

Police say he was pointing a gun at drivers before rushing off.

A man in his 70s fell victim to the suspect when he was driving on Wednesday between 9.30am and 10am.

He pointed the gun at the driver, who heard a bang as he drove off.

The man and his car had not been hit by any bullets.

A man in his 60s also fell victim when the suspect ‘gestured towards him’ with the gun.

Officers are looking to find out whether the gun is an air weapon or another type of firearm.

The individual in question is described as stockily built, between 5ft 9ins and 5 ft 11ins tall, and looks to be in his thirties.

He wore black trousers, a dark-coloured hooded top and black trainers with a Covid-style facemark covering his face.

Thames Valley Police say the suspect may also have been wearing sunglasses.

Investigating officer Detective Sergeant William Tippetts said: "We understand that this incident will have caused concern for the local community and there was a large police presence locally whilst we carried out enquiries to identify the offender.

"Please be reassured that we are carrying out a thorough investigation into this incident.

"We are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed this incident, or who may have information about what happened to please come forward.

"We’d also appeal to anyone who may have dash-cam footage of the local area, particularly any motorists or cyclists travelling along the Eton Wick Road between 9.30am and 10am, or anyone with personal CCTV or doorbell footage to please check in case it may have captured something that could assist our investigation."

Anyone with information can call police on 101 quoting reference 43230127001.

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