A man is due in court today after another man was left fighting for life after being shot in the head in a house in Sheffield.
Police have charged a 47-year-old with wounding over the incident on Handsworth Grange Road, Handsworth, on Sunday night.
A 24-year-old was left in a critical condition after the shooting, which police initially said may have stemmed from the ‘accidental discharge of an air rifle’.
A second man, aged 23, who was also arrested over the incident has been released without charge.
A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “Police are investigating the circumstances of an alleged wounding, and have recovered an air rifle.
“Emergency services were called just after 10.20pm on Sunday to find a man with a life-threatening head injury.”
An armed police officer on duty in Sheffield on the night posted details on Twitter.
He tweeted: “Incident in Sheffield. Possible accidental discharge of air rifle. Male injured and needing hospital treatment..”
Yesterday a police car was parked outside the house where the shooting took place, and officers were carrying out door-to-door inquiries among neighbours.
Local residents told The Star the house belongs to a middle-aged man.
One said: “A neighbour said there had been a bit of a row – they saw paramedics here. The man has lived there 20-odd years and a young lad lives with him from time to time. When it’s holidays like this he has people to come and stay, he’s got a big family. People are always coming and going.”
Neighbour, Yan Rupik, 35, said: “Everyone will be thinking of this young man.”
South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright said air weapons were legal – but lethal: “Even though air weapons are legally owned, this type of incident demonstrates they are dangerous and need to be treated with great respect. My sympathies are with the family of the man in hospital.
“Anyone using a weapon in a way that could endanger the public should be reported to the police immediately.”
Labour MP for the area, Clive Betts, said he was ‘shocked’ – and that Sheffield deserves to retain its reputation as a safe city.
“I am shocked about this as it’s not an area you would associate with gun crime,” he said.
Anyone with information should contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident 1,246 of May 5 or Crimestoppers 0800 555111.