WARRING groups have taken a feud on a Sheffield estate to terrifying new levels - with a shooting, a stabbing and a brutal beating which has left a man fighting for life.
Officers were today stationed on every corner in Wybourn, and conducting round-the-clock patrols of the streets, as police appealed for calm.
An armed swoop, involving police marksmen, on a car on City Road on Wednesday was part of the search for a suspect.
Detectives say the violence stems back to the shooting of a 15-year-old boy near Boundary Road two weeks ago.
Since then a 20-year-old man has been beaten and left for dead on grassland, a 17-year-old has been stabbed in the abdomen, and there have been arson attacks and damage to cars and windows on the estate.
All the incidents are being linked.
The 20-year-old is still in the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, in a critical condition, being treated for serious head injuries.
Detectives said the attacks are ‘tit-for-tat’ retribution which they are determined to stop before anyone else is hurt - or killed.
They stressed all the incidents under investigation were ‘targeted’.
Detective Chief Inspector Zaf Ali, overseeing the investigation, told The Star: “The background to this is there are a couple of rival factions loosely based around Wybourn that have had a fall-out.
“There have been several tit-for-tat retaliation incidents which have escalated.
“Some have been reported to the police, some haven’t.
“At this stage the driver for this violence is unclear, but it seems to feature around distorted perceptions of ‘respect’.
“Those involved have taken tit-for-tat too far, and we will put a stop to it.”
He stressed locals going about their everyday business have nothing to worry about, and said officers are calling at homes to talk to residents in the hope of restoring calm.
“Ordinary members of the public have nothing to fear and, although it is disconcerting to hear about these things happening in your neighbourhood, we can reassure you we are there to look after you,” he said.
“My message to those involved and their extended associates is that the end result could be tragedy.”