12-year-old injured in drive-by shooting in Sheffield, police reveal

A drive-by shooting in Sheffield has left a 12-year-old boy in hospital, police have confirmed.

By Sophie Wills
Sunday, 12th January 2020, 9:42 pm

Just before 3.45pm this afternoon (Sunday, January 12) police received reports that shots had been fired on Errington Road in the Arbourthorne area with a boy suffering an injury to his leg.

He was taken to hospital for treatment and remains in a stable condition.

Detective Inspector Denise Booth, the investigating officer on the case, said: “Specialist officers have been in the area this afternoon and evening, examining the scene and speaking to witnesses as we work to piece together the exact circumstances of this incident, what led to it and to identify those responsible.

Errington Road, Sheffield. Pic: Google Images.

“What we know so far is that the boy was with a group of other people, both children and adults, in the Errington Road area when a white car is said to have driven past, firing shots out of the window. The car left the area heading towards East Bank Road.

“In the early stages of the investigation, as we continue to gather evidence, we are exploring all lines of enquiry as to the motive of the incident.

“I understand and appreciate the concern this news will cause within the local community particularly given the victim’s age, and to help provide some reassurance to residents, we will have an increased presence in the area tonight and over the coming days.

“This matter is an absolute priority for us and it’s imperative that anyone with information or concerns speaks to an officer.”

Det Insp Booth added: “You can also pass information to us via 101, quoting the incident number 516 of 12 January 2020.

“I’d also like to remind people that if they don’t feel comfortable speaking to the police they can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or submit information via their website crimestoppers-uk.org.”