A TEENAGER is in hospital after being shot in the legs on a Sheffield street - in what police believe could be linked to an earlier gun attack just over a fortnight ago.
The 18-year-old was shot on Cuthbert Bank Road, Hillsborough, and was found collapsed by passers-by including one horrified family who had moved to the street only the same day.
Cuthbert Bank Road was sealed off at both ends, officers were standing guard, and a white tent was yesterday placed over the spot where the victim was found in a car park, near a block of flats.
Detective Chief Inspector Bob Chapman told The Star he is looking for ‘possible links’ with other incidents in nearby Parson Cross, including one on October 6 when a gun was fired at a family home on Adlington Road while children were inside.
“We are looking into the possibility this is linked to a series of incidents in Parson Cross in recent weeks, including the shooting,” he said.
“Police patrols have been stepped up, and we have a dedicated team of detectives working on this.”
A huge swathe of Parson Cross was sealed off by police in the wake of the Adlington Road shooting, and probation workers were banned temporarily from visiting the estate for their own safety.
Residents in Hillsborough said they were worried by Monday’s shooting.
Ayla Ali, aged 45, was among the first on the scene - having moved to Cuthbert Bank Road only the same day with his wife, 10-year-old daughter, and sons aged three and 20.
“We only just moved in on Monday,” he said. “We drove into the car park and there was a man lying on the ground. Two women were with him. There was no blood and he looked as though he was asleep.
“We must have arrived just after it happened because then police cars followed ours into the car park. The police told us it was a shooting.”
His elder son Mohammad added: “We have moved here from Liverpool and it’s quite a shock for this to happen as soon as we’ve moved in. My dad is quite worried for his wife and my little brother and sister.”
The injured man is in a stable condition in hospital, and police said his injuries are not life-threatening.
DCI Chapman confirmed: “A man is in hospital with wounds to his legs, attributable to a shotgun.
“An investigation is underway and everything that can possibly be done is being done to help us locate the person responsible.
“Anyone who witnessed this, or with information to help us locate the offender, should come forward.
“We will leave no stone unturned to get to the bottom of this and arrest those involved.”
Michael Wiles, who runs a newsagent’s shop on nearby Langsett Road, said: “I saw all the police cars everywhere and riot vans and an ambulance when I came back from the cash-and-carry.
“I got up at 12.45am yesterday and the police were still outside and there were still blue flashing lights everywhere.
“A customer came into my shop when I opened up and said somebody had been shot in his legs.
“It’s terrible for this to have happened close to flats where lots of children live - they shouldn’t have to see this kind of thing.”
Another local resident, who did not want to be named, said: “It’s worrying when this happens yards from your home. Thankfully, the victim has not been killed.”
And the owner of a nearby business said: “It’s disturbing, although we have had incidents around here in recent years. It just seems to get worse.”
Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
A 34-year-old Parson Cross man has been arrested in connection with the October 6 shooting, on suspicion of possession of a firearm, and has been bailed until December.