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Gumnan shoots architect leaving him 'seriously ill'

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An architect was shot in the back at almost point-blank range by a man toting a sawn-off shotgun last week.

Tadzio Dobraszczyk, a 51 year-old, was found lying in a pool of blood outside his home in Northampton last Wednesday evening, after returning home from a client meeting. He disturbed the intruder, thought to be a burglar, who was already in his home, as he went through the front door.

The gunman chased Dobraszczyk on to the road outside his home and blasted his shotgun into the small of his back before waving the gun at neighbours and speeding away in a stolen Ford Fiesta. Neighbours bandaged the architect, who was born in England but is of Polish origin, with towels. He was taken to Northampton general hospital and is seriously, but not critically, ill.

Dobraszczyk, a sole-practitioner specialising in domestic architecture and barn conversions, lives alone, said a friend who asked not to be named. 'This was not a Mafia-style hit or a disgruntled client,' she said. 'He is a shy, private man.' He needs several operations, maybe a skin graft and will be in hospital for around four weeks, she said.

The raider and another man abandoned the car nearby. Scott David Brogan, aged 32, has been charged with aggravated burglary. Another man is still on the run, said police.

Local architects have rallied round to offer help. Robin Digby, president of Northamptonshire Society of Architects said he was shocked and amazed at the shooting.

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