Horrified dad issues emotional plea after thugs shoot innocent 12-year-old son in gang crossfire
The father of the 12-year-old boy injured in a shooting in the Arbourthorne area of Sheffield has broken his silence since the shocking incident that rocked the city.
In a statement released by South Yorkshire Police, the father, who asked for their privacy and anonymity to be respected, said it is time for the people to stop living in fear and help the police to put this crime to a stop.
He said: "On Sunday afternoon, my son, who is just 12 years old, was out playing with his friends, when he was shot in broad daylight.
"This is a shocking and horrifying thing for a parent to hear has happened to their child.
"Things are getting out of hand, people need to stop living in fear and we need to get these armed thugs off the streets.
"When our children are affected by violence, that is the final straw.
"I have confidence that the police are doing all they can but if you have any information that might help them, please tell them, speak to them and help them with their investigation."
Emergency services were called to Northern Avenue at around 3.45pm on Sunday, where a 12-year-old boy was found with a gunshot wound to his leg. He was taken to hospital where he remains in a stable condition.
Two people have been arrested in connection with the incident.
A 25-year-old man arrested today (January 15) on suspicion of attempted murder and possession of a firearm remains in custody.
A 30-year-old man arrested yesterday (January 14) on suspicion of attempted murder and possession of a firearm has been released on bail.
The innocent boy was standing outside a shop with his friends aged 13, 15 and 16, and they were caught in the line of fire in a targeted attack.
Enquiries are ongoing and anyone with information is urged to contact 101 quoting incident number 516 of 12 January 2020 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or submit information via their website crimestoppers-uk.org.
South Yorkshire Police Asst Chief Constable Tim Forber also assured any witnesses will be given protection.