Worried residents react to third shooting in Sheffield neighbourhood

Police at the scene of a shooting in Hastilar Road South, Woodthorpe.
Police at the scene of a shooting in Hastilar Road South, Woodthorpe.
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Sheffield residents say they are worried about the safety of their families after another shooting in Woodthorpe.

Police were called to Hastilar Road South at about 12.45am this morning (July 7) after shots were fired at a house. Forensic experts were in the street this morning, and a bullet hole through a window could be seen.

Police at the scene of a shooting in Hastilar Road South, Woodthorpe.

Police at the scene of a shooting in Hastilar Road South, Woodthorpe.

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Worried neighbours said they heard shots at 11pm and again at 12.40am. Gary Anderson, who has lived in Hastilar Road South for five years, said: “It’s ridiculous. I’m not concerned about my own safety but I am about my family’s.

“I’ve got a 17-year-old daughter who normally walks home at about 11pm or 11.30pm. It could have been her walking down the street.

“But what do I say, that she can’t walk down the street? She’s going to have to take a taxi now.”

Mr Anderson said he knew most people in the community.

“But you’ve got kids walking about with knives. There have been two or three muggings with knives involved,” he added.

“It’s put people off going to the pub. People don’t walk to the shops.”

Mr Anderson said he would have to think about whether to stay in Woodthorpe or not.

The shooting is the third in the area in five months. In March police were called to reports of shots being fired outside a convenience store on Nodder Road. And last month a gun was fired at a pub in Richmond Road.

Michael Craven, who lives further along Hastliar Road South, said he wasn’t too concerned because it wasn’t his window that was shot at.

“The area isn’t too bad,” he said. “The last few months things have been happening but that’s about it.

“It doesn’t bother me. It’s part of life. Things happen.”

And another man, who asked not to be named, said: “I’ve lived here 30 years and it has changed. It’s got a bit worse.

“So long as they don’t put bullets through my window I’m not bothered. But it’s a bit off-putting.”

No-one was hurt in the shooting but the road was sealed off and forensic experts were at the scene. It reopened at about 11am.

Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.