WEDDING guests dived for cover fearing for their lives when a gunman opened fire at a Sheffield reception.
Terrified party-goers hid under tables and others fled the function room at the Sheffield Park Hotel at Meadowhead when the gunman burst in brandishing a weapon.
Within seconds he started firing indiscriminately.
One eye-witness, who was a guest at the wedding, told The Star the gunman was eventually disarmed by frantic friends and relatives of the bride and groom.
The gunman was restrained on the floor of the hotel on Chesterfield Road South until police arrived.
The eye-witness said it was a miracle nobody was seriously hurt or killed.
“It was a big Asian wedding and all the men and boys were in one room and the women and girls in another,” he said.
“The man with the gun walked straight into the room where all the men were and started showing the gun off to make everyone aware he had a weapon.
“He then started firing it and people were diving for cover all over the place to avoid getting hit.
“There were people under tables and there were people running out of the room.
“The women from the other room, hearing what was happening, were screaming and shouting and children were crying.”
The wedding guest added: “Terrifying is not the word. It doesn’t sum up how we all felt - how frightened all the women and children were.
“You do not turn up at a wedding armed with a gun unless you intend to cause serious harm or kill.
“Fortunately he was disarmed before anyone was hurt and he dropped the gun.
“There were about 15 police cars outside when we were all allowed out.”
The newlyweds whose reception was ruined live at West Quadrant, Firth Park. ‘Congratulations’ and ‘Just Married’ banners were yesterday displayed in their front windows.
A young man who came to the door told The Star: “It’s ridiculous - it should not have happened.”
South Yorkshire Police confirmed a gun had been fired during a wedding just before 8pm on Sunday, and said three men were arrested.
Yesterday the three were “helping police with their inquiries” while forensic work is carried out by scenes of crimes investigators.
Det Chf Insp Zaf Ali confirmed: “Police attended at a hotel on Chesterfield Road South in Sheffield following allegations of a firearm been discharged during a wedding reception at the premises.
“It is believed an argument occurred between some wedding guests during the reception and a weapon was discharged. Fortunately no-one was injured.
“Three men have since been arrested and are currently helping the police with their inquiries. Detectives are also trying locate a fourth person in connection with this incident and inquiries are ongoing.”
Robin Lockwood, duty manager at the Sheffield Park Hotel, refused to comment other than to confirm a police investigation is underway.
A police car was parked outside the hotel, which is trading as normal, yesterday.