Mystery over motive behind South Yorkshire dad’s shooting

Doncaster Road in Wath On Dearne which is closed for investigation work after a man was shot overnight

Doncaster Road in Wath On Dearne which is closed for investigation work after a man was shot overnight

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AN ARMED gunman spent the weekend on the run and was still in hiding last night after shooting a man on his own doorstep.

Tyrone Woodhead was left for dead when he opened his front door at his home on Doncaster Road, Wath-upon-Dearne, and was blasted in his upper body.

The 42-year-old, who is married with a young daughter, was still fighting for life in hospital last night, while police continued their search for the gunman responsible.

Detectives investigating the shooting - on Thursday at about 8.40pm - believe it was ‘targeted’ attack and claim the gunman at large poses no risk to the wider community.

Mr Woodhead’s boss, Stuart Longley, who runs a building supplies firm in Wath, said he was shocked at the gun attack on his delivery driver and struggling to think of a possible motive.

He said: “Why anybody would want Tyrone dead is beyond me. This has been upsetting for everyone.

“His wife rang me on Friday to say he is very poorly and that’s all we have heard.

“He is hardworking and the kind of character that is always happy - even on a Monday morning, the first day back after a weekend, he is always cheerful and has a smile on his face. I just can’t understand why anybody would want to shoot him.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if this was a case of mistaken identity, because I can’t imagine anyone having a grudge against him.

“Tyrone is the kind of person who would do anything to help anybody - I have known him pull over in his lorry and help people who have broken down. He would always be the first to stop - he would never see anybody stuck.

“It is unbelievable we are talking about something like this happening in Wath.

“The police say we are all safe but until they need to get that gun off whoever did this, it needs to be off the streets.”

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call police on 101.

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