Arson and gun attacks in Sheffield linked

Shooting on Chadwick Road,Woodthorpe
Shooting on Chadwick Road,Woodthorpe
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Detectives investigating a drive-by shooting in Sheffield are linking it to an arson attack in the city a few minutes later.

Police were called to the shooting on Chadwick Road, Woodthorpe, on Saturday, at about 2.20am, and after a 27-year-old man had been blasted in his leg from a passing car.

He was rushed to the Northern General Hospital, where yesterday he remained in a stable condition.

Detectives working on the case are looking for possible links with a car found burning on Smallage Lane, Woodhouse Mill, five minutes after the gun attack.

The black Ford Focus has since been towed away to be examined by South Yorkshire Police for any forensic evidence which may have been left behind.

Detective Inspector Martin Tate, overseeing investigation, said: “The victim had spent part of the night with friends at the Embassy Club, Mansfield Road, Intake, and was walking from the venue when he was injured.

“The shots were fired from a passing car, understood to contain at least two suspects.

“We believe the vehicle found nearby could have been used in the incident.

“Forensic examinations have been carried out at both scenes, increased patrols are being conducted in the area and the investigation remains ongoing.

“However, we still want to hear from anyone with information.

“Did you see a dark coloured vehicle in and around the Manor Top area before or after the incident?

“No matter how insignificant you think the information is, contact us immediately as it could prove vital to our investigation.”

Detectives have not yet made any arrests over the shooting, which they are treating as ‘targeted’.

Extra police officers have been patrolling the streets in and around Woodthorpe in a bid to reassure worried residents of their safety.

n Witnesses to the shooting or the arson attack on the car, or anyone with information, are asked to call South Yorkshire Police on 101.

n Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously by calling 0800 555111.