Sheffield air rifle shooting victim loses fight for life

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A young man has died tragically in hospital after being shot at by an air rifle - possibly by accident.

Chris Humphreys, aged 24, from Handsworth, Sheffield, lost his fight for life in the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in the early hours of this morning after suffering serious injuries in the shooting, which happened at a house on Handsworth Grange Road last Sunday.

Emergency services were called to the house at just after 10.20pm to find Chris with a life-threatening head injury after an air rifle was discharged.

Police are investigating the theory that the rifle may have been discharged accidentally.

In a statement, Chris’ family said he put up a ‘brave fight for life’.

“He was a fantastic son and brother to all his family, he tried to hang on and recover but could not,” they said.

“The doctors and nurses at the neuro-critical care ward at the Hallamshire were fantastic and gave him as much as they could. As a family, we would like to thank them all for the help and support they gave to our Chris.”

The victim’s relatives asked for privacy while they deal with their loss.

Russell Fairchild, 47, of Handsworth Grange Road, is currently charged with wounding. He is remanded in custody and is due to appear at Sheffield Crown Court on Tuesday.