The leader of Test Valley Council has described a shooting victim as a "kind-hearted individual who cares deeply for his community."

Parish councillor James Nash was shot on Wednesday and remains in a critical condition in hospital.

Cllr Phil North said he knows James well and has now issued a statement.

"As the ward councillor and a regular attendee of Enham Alamein Parish Council meetings, I know James well and have worked with him on a number of projects," Cllr North wrote.

"And whilst I knew that it was him that had been shot on the day of the attack - and so I’ve have had a bit longer to try and process things - I’m still utterly shocked at this terrible incident.

"James is such a kind hearted individual who cares deeply for his community. He’s a hands on parish councillor, having recently been involved in erecting the speed indicator devices and helping to solve the Newbury Road flooding issue by cleaning out culverts.

"He’s also a talented children’s author and illustrator and I was extremely touched last year when one of the dedications in his latest book was to my newborn daughter.

"My thoughts remain with James, his family and the people of Enham Alamein. I hope and pray that he makes a good recovery. We’re all with you, James."

Soon after James was shot and his wife attacked, a police chase ensued which resulted in the death of suspected gunman Alex Sartain.

Police have since confirmed that they are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident and although the exact circumstances of the shooting remain unclear, they’re confident that the deceased suspect is responsible.

Anyone with information on the Upper Enham incident is asked to call police on 101, quoting the reference Op Plaque.

Anyone with information on the road traffic collision in Hurstbourne Tarrant should call 101, quoting Op Crystal.