A FORMER professional boxer is today recovering in hospital after being shot in both legs in a ‘targeted’ attack in a quiet Sheffield pub.
Drinkers were shocked when a gunman walked into the White Swan, on Greenhill Main Road, and opened fire on 25-year-old Jak Hibbert, who is still involved in the sport, training youngsters at gyms in the city.
A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said the victim suffered wounds from gunshot pellets.
She said: “Police responded to a report of shots being fired in the White Swan pub.
“When officers arrived, they found a 25-year-old man who had sustained gun shot injuries. He was taken to hospital and is now in a stable condition. His condition is not life-threatening.”
She added: “Detectives are investigating the incident and early indications suggest it was a targeted attack.
“We are still investigating the incident and are conducting house-to-house enquiries, trying to speak to witnesses.
“No weapon has been recovered and no arrests have yet been made.”
Police have not revealed why they believe Mr Hibbert was targeted.
Residents living near the pub told how they saw ‘around five or six’ police cars turn up at the pub at around 9pm on Friday, after the incident.
One man said: “We were watching television when we saw flashing blue lights outside. I looked out and just saw a man being carried out on a stretcher.”
Another resident added: “It was quite a shock because the pub is quiet and popular with older folk. You don’t get things like that happening around here - someone said to me they’d never seen so many police in this area in their lives.”
Wayne Reed, 23, a professional boxer and friend of Mr Hibbert, said: “He’s been my friend for 10 years and was one of the first kids I talked to when I started boxing at Woodseats boxing club.
“He used to train at Andy Marlow’s gym, in Dronfield and is a sound lad.
“I’m very shocked that this has happened to him.”
Mr Hibbert, who lives in Greenhill, had seven professional fights as a light heavyweight, winning three and losing four, but has not appeared in the ring since losing to Lee Noble at the Octagon Centre, in 2006.
n Anyone with information about the incident should call 0114 2202020 quoting incident 1095 of Friday, May 13, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.