SEVEN men have been arrested by armed police after a shooting in Doncaster which may be linked to a feud between rival families from the traveller community.
Residents of Stainforth have expressed their shock and fear after the alleged ‘drive-by’ shooting in daylight at 10.30am on Tuesday.
Nobody was wounded but local people say innocent bystanders might have been injured in the firearm incident, which happened outside a detached bungalow behind metal gates on Thorne Road.
Armed police arrested seven men in connection with the incident at a location in Bentley, on suspicion of unlawful possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
They also seized vehicles.
Four of the suspects are from Doncaster, aged 32 to 46, were still in police custody last night. The other three, from North Yorkshire, were bailed. No firearms have been seized.
Acting Det Insp Maggie Hawksworth said: “We believe this incident is a targeted attack, however we want to reassure the public that we are dealing with it as a priority.
“We are in the early stages of this investigation and we will be continuing with enquiries to determine the exact circumstances of the incident.”
Some Stainforth residents suggested it was a ‘gypsy dispute’ and police confirmed that is one line of enquiry.
Former Stainforth councillor Norah Troops said: “All I’ve heard is that it was a drive-by shooting. I don’t know who owns the house where it happened.
“It’s a bit frightening that this sort of thing is happening.”
Anyone with any information or believes they may have witnessed this incident is urged to contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 278 of October 30.
n The family of the Wath-upon-Dearne man who died this week from gunshot wounds have spoken for the first time.
Tyron Woodhead’s wife, Gill, said: “As a family we are devastated by Tyron’s death, He battled on through for nearly a month before he died.
“He was so strong and loved by many people we cannot believe what has happened and our family will never be the same again. He was a great husband and dad to Shannon.”