Arrest made as woman shot dead at a house in Hinckley
Police have launched a murder investigation after a woman was found shot dead at a house in Hinckley.
Armed officers raced to an address in the town late on Sunday night after neighbours reported hearing gunfire.
Two hooded men in dark clothing were seen by neighbours running from behind the house before jumping into a car parked nearby and speeding off.
A 27-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and is in police custody.
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The woman, whose identity has not yet been revealed by officers, was found inside the house with gunshot wounds and confirmed dead at the scene.
It is believed shortly before the shooting two men had called at the house, where the woman and a man were inside.
Police believe the two men were involved in the incident and are keen to trace them.
The men sped away in a dark- coloured car.
Yesterday, scenes of crime officers made plaster casts of tyre tracks left by a vehicle across a traffic island near to the house.
A woman who lives nearby, said: "My brother heard a big bang and looked out to see two men, dressed in black, running from the back of the house and down the road towards a car that was waiting for them.
"There were armed police everywhere. I can't believe what has happened."
A woman whose dogs were at the house, arrived at the cordoned-off street concerned to find out what had happened to her animals.
The woman said: "I only heard about the shooting this morning. The police won't tell me anything. I've come to get my two dogs back."
Police said the dogs from the house were being looked after by animal care specialists.
The Mercury is unable to name the street in which the house is on for legal reasons.
Detective Superintendent Tom Davies, of the East Midlands Major Crime Team, said: "This is an incredibly tragic incident and we are determined to find those responsible.
"We believe the two men who stopped at the house prior to the incident were involved.
"Officers are looking into the possibility those two men may have travelled from outside Leicestershire.
"We are doing all we can to trace these two men and have a dedicated team of officers working on this investigation. Officers were also out throughout the night talking to residents and offering them reassurance."
Anyone with information should call police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.