Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following an incident of grievous bodily harm in Thatcham.
At around 2.15pm on Friday (12/7) in Mount Road, a man was shot with a crossbow.
The victim, a man in his twenties, sustained life-threatening injuries and was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital for treatment. He remains there in a stable condition.
Investigating officer, Detective Inspector Dean Brown of Newbury Force CID, said: “We are currently investigating this incident and we would like anyone who witnessed it to come forward.
“The victim is now in a stable condition but his injuries are very serious.
“It happened in the afternoon, so we think that people in the area at the time may have seen something but perhaps didn’t realise how important that information could be.
“Even if you think the information you have may be insignificant, it could be vital for this investigation so please get in touch.”
Anyone with information can call police on 101, quoting reference 43190212666, or make a report online.
Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.