A SHOOTING victim is today under police guard in hospital after being blasted on a Sheffield street.
Armed police sped to Burngreave after the 22-year-old turned up at Accident and Emergency with gunshot wounds to his arm and hand.
Police sealed off a huge section of the suburb - an area once plagued by gun crime and postcode gang killings.
Armed officers were dispatched to the area and also to the hospital.
Burngreave Road, Catherine Road, Burngreave Street and surrounding side streets, including Earldom Road and Coupe Road, were all cordoned off.
Police worked through the night on Tuesday carrying out door to door inquiries and a forensic examination of the crime scene.
Today the officer leading the police response said tracking down those responsible was the force’s ‘number one priority’.
Chief Inspector Iain Chorlton said: “I am concerned, but this is quite unusual for Sheffield and I would like to reassure the public we are doing everything we possibly can to track down the person or people responsible.
“It is our number one priority in Sheffield at the moment.
“We have got armed assets on the streets, we have increased patrols in the area and we have carried out a thorough forensic examination.
“We have not recovered any weapons or made any arrests but we have recovered some evidence which is helping.
“We have got forensics experts and a detective team working on the incident and we are taking it very seriously - as we always do when a firearm is discharged in a public place.”
Chief Insp Chorlton said the victim was still in hospital but his injuries were not life threatening.
He said officers were keeping an open mind as to the intended victim, adding there ‘isn’t a wider risk to the public’.
He added: “This doesn’t appear to be linked to any gang related activity at this stage.”
Chief Insp Chorlton appealed for witnesses to come forward, adding: “We are asking for the public’s assistance. We always look after any witnesses who come forward.”
Jennifer Booth, aged 36, who lives on Burngreave Road, said she heard a woman screaming for help.
“We heard a woman shouting ‘help me, help me’ and then the police pulled up,” she said. “They sealed all the roads off and there were sniffer dogs everywhere.
“I also saw a couple of police chiefs turn up with all their epaulettes on their shoulders, so it was obvious this was something serious.
“We don’t know what’s behind it but there has been an atmosphere change in the area over the last few weeks - there seems to be something going off. Something feels different.”
Mia Abdullah, 19, also of Burngreave Road, said she heard the sound of four gun shots at around 8pm on Tuesday.
She said: “When I looked out of the window later there were police everywhere.
“It’s really worrying for this to happen close to where you live.”
And Shehab Abdullah, 55, said: “My wife and kids heard bullets being fired but didn’t know what was happening - they saw the police later on and when I tried to move my car the police wouldn’t let me get to it because it was in their cordon.
“We could be living in Texas couldn’t we, with people shooting in the street.
“It worries you when it is beside your house where your family is - it makes you worry about their safety.”
A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “We can confirm a 22-year-old local man suffered gunshot wounds to his hand and arm, which are not life-threatening.
“Police were called at 7.50pm on Tuesday after a man went to a local A&E with arm injuries.
“The incident is believed to have happened on Burngreave Road in Sheffield at around 7pm.
“Police believe there is no risk to the wider public in the area and would like to thank the community for their patience.
“Officers would like to hear from anyone in the Burngreave Road area from 7pm to 7.30pm on Tuesday night, if they heard or saw anything suspicious that could be linked to this.”
Brightside and Hillsborough MP David Blunkett, whose constituency includes the area, said a lot of work had been done to cut gun crime and put criminals behind bars.
He said: “I know that residents, while being deeply concerned, will want to reflect on the substantial improvement in safety and the impressive drop in crime in the area. “The cooperation of local people in identifying criminal elements and those possessing guns has been impressive and I hope this will continue, not least in seeing off those coming from outside the community, pushing drugs and undermining the good work that has been done by so many people in turning youngsters away from a disastrous life of crime.”
Witnesses should call 101 quoting incident number 1,069 of October 9.