Frightened residents woke to the sound of gunfire near their Sheffield homes just hours before a young dad was found murdered a mile away.
Grant Bodell, aged 23, dad to a little boy and girl, died in hospital after police found him with gunshot wounds on wasteland off Queen Mary Road, Manor, at 2.20am on Saturday.
Police say they believe the murder was an ‘isolated’ and ‘targeted’ incident, and Sheffield District Commander Chief Superintendent David Hartley said: “The public should not be unduly alarmed.
“Although we are in the very early stages, we are very much keeping an open mind.”
Householders a six-minute drive away, around Mansfield Road and Bagshaw’s Road in Intake, told The Star they heard five bangs at 12.30am – then saw groups of people running.
Two people have been arrested in connection with ‘an incident’ in the vicinity – but police say they are not at this time linking it to Mr Bodell’s death.
One man told The Star: “I heard bang, bang, then another two 20 seconds later – then a bang much louder than the others.”
A mum added: “The noise woke me. I said, ‘I think somebody has been shot’. There were lots of people running. One group got in a car and sped off.”
Bagshaw’s Road was yesterday taped off by police carrying out fingertip searches.
Mr Bodell’s family, of the Manor, were too upset to talk to The Star but locals paid tribute.
A friend of Grant’s told The Star: “I think he’s been mixed up in something as he was a good lad.
“He had a bike accident a few years back and was lucky to survive. It’s a real shock, everybody knows him around here.”
Alan Barnes, of Cary Road, said: “Grant was a safe lad. We just want to say we’re sorry for his family’s loss. He’s going to be missed by a lot of people.”
The spot where Mr Bodell was found, and streets nearby, remained taped off yesterday.
Locals said they feel ‘on edge’. Some heard ‘three bangs’, and said a resident’s car has been taken away by police with a bullet hole through its windscreen.
Jodie Woodward said on The Star’s Facebook page: “RIP Grant, my thoughts are with your girlfriend and kids. What’s this world coming to?”
Chf Supt Hartley said: “If anyone knows something about this tragic incident, however apparently insignificant that information is, I would urge them to call South Yorkshire Police immediately on 101.”
In an unconnected incident in Parson Cross on Saturday afternoon, a 17-year-old boy was shot in the leg by an air rifle.
He was taken to hospital with minor injuries - and another 17-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, dangerous driving, and driving without a licence.