Police investigating Sheffield shooting make fresh appeal for witnesses and CCTV footage

Detectives investigating a shooting in Sheffield have made a fresh appeal for witnesses and CCTV footage.

By Richard Blackledge
Sunday, 7th March 2021, 3:56 pm

Police were called to Ashpool Close in Woodhouse at around 10.40pm on Friday, and when officers arrived they found two men with injuries consistent with a shotgun discharge.

Neither of the men’s wounds were life-threatening. One of the victims remains in hospital in a stable condition.

No arrests have yet been made and investigations are ongoing into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Ashpool Close was cordoned off by police. Picture: Submitted.

Detective Inspector Eleanor Welsh, who is leading the investigation for South Yorkshire Police, said: “I understand how upsetting incidents of this nature are for local communities.

“There will continue to be an increased police presence in the area today as investigations continue, which I hope will provide some reassurance to residents.”

Det Insp Welsh continued: “I would urge anyone who may have information about the incident to make contact with officers. We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have CCTV or dashcam footage from around the time of the incident.”

On Sunday a witness who did not wish to be named told The Star the shooting was ‘like something out of a film’.

Ashpool Close was cordoned off by police. Picture: Submitted.

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“We heard a bang and thought it was fireworks but there was no flash,” the woman said.

“Then there was another one and we realised it wasn’t fireworks. They were shots. A young lass was screaming ‘There’s blood everywhere’.

“The police came in their unmarked cars and it was like something out of a film.”

Armed police were ‘pacing up and down with their guns’ and the street was cordoned off, she added.

“The people around here are elderly and disabled – they don’t need it,” she said.

Police were making house-to-house enquiries on Sunday morning, by which point the cordons had been removed. Bloodstains were still visible on the ground and a wall outside one of the houses on Ashpool Close.

Anyone who believes they can help should call 101 quoting incident number 1,054 of March 5.

Alternatively, people can contact Crimestoppers anonymously via www.crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling the charity’s UK Contact Centre on 0800 555 111.

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