A ward at the Metcalfe Street Secure Juvenile Remand Centre has been taken to hospital after being shot during an attempt to escape from the facility early this morning.

According to a statement from the Department of Correctional Services, DCS, two wards of the state attempted to escape the Metcalfe Street Secure Juvenile Remand Centre this morning.

An Assistant Staff Officer assigned to the institution reported that at approximately 5:45 this morning, the wards broke out of their dormitories.

One ward was reportedly caught on the compound while the other made his way over the wall.

The DCS says shots were fired by the Sentry Officers and the ward was wounded.

A police team nearby was alerted by the shots fired and later found the ward on the ground with a gunshot wound.

He was escorted to a public hospital for treatment.

The Independent Commission of Investigations, INDECOM, has been informed and an investigation has been launched into the attempted escape.