Gun fired near Sheffield pub

The Wharncliffe publich house at Firth park where a shooting took place
The Wharncliffe publich house at Firth park where a shooting took place
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A police investigation is under way into a shooting outside a Sheffield pub.

Officers were called to The Wharncliffe on Bevercotes Road, Firth Park, at 11.30pm on Saturday following reports of a gun being fired from a passing vehicle.

Nobody was injured in the incident but police cordoned off the crime scene and spoke to people in the pub to find out what they heard or saw.

The pub was guarded by an officer overnight until police tape was removed yesterday morning.

Police say the shooting is being treated as ‘a targeted attack’.

A spokesman said: “Witnesses reported that shots were fired from a vehicle towards The Wharncliffe. Thankfully nobody was injured. Detectives believe this was a targeted attack and are pursuing active lines of inquiry.”

One customer who was in the pub at the time said: “We were all locked in the pub and weren’t allowed to leave until police had spoken to us.”

A spokeswoman for Greene King, which owns The Wharncliffe, said: “Our staff acted quickly and professionally to look after our customers during this incident.

“Thankfully no-one was injured and we are supporting the police with their enquiries.”

A shocked resident who lives around 200 yards from the pub, said: “The first we know of this was when my wife tried to walk past the pub to go to church – she said there was a large police presence.

“Anybody walking past could have been hurt.”

Another resident, an 87-year-old woman, said: “I could see some flashing lights reflecting through my window so I looked outside in the early hours and saw all the police.

“It’s horrific to think this happened so close to me, but this area has changed lots.

“I have lived here since 1951 and the road is not what it used to be. I don’t go out much now so this won’t affect me like that.”

Call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 with information.