Police issue appeal after 18-year-old shot in Sheffield

Police have launched an investigation into a firearms discharge after a man was left with serious leg injuries in a mass brawl that broke out in Sheffield last night.

Friday, 19th March 2021, 4:28 pm
Updated Friday, 19th March 2021, 4:32 pm

Police were called by a member of the public at around 9.50pm, with reports of a group of men fighting on Queens Road, close to Halfords.

On arrival at the scene, officers discovered an 18-year-old man with serious leg injuries.

He was taken to hospital where he has been treated for injuries consistent with gunshot wounds.

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Police cordon remains in place as enquiries are being carried out.

South Yorkshire Police said their detectives are now appealing for witnesses to the incident, which is believed to be a targeted attack.

Detective Inspector Tony Slater, from Armed Crime Team, said: “We have been carrying out extensive enquiries throughout today and we can now confirm that we are investigating a firearms discharge on Queens Road, Sheffield, last night.

“The investigation remains in it’s very early stages and we do still have a significant number of officers in the area conducting area searches and forensic activity.

“At this stage, we do believe that this was a targeted attack. No arrests have been made at this time.

“It is really important that we hear from anyone who was in the area last night, who might have witnessed the incident or seen anything unusual. Reports suggest there was a group of men fighting in the street, prior to our arrival.

“I would also ask that if you did drive through the area last night, please check your dashcams for any footage that might be useful to our investigation.”

Superintendent Simon Verrall said: “I am acutely aware that news of this incident may spark some concern from the local community, this is a serious incident which has happened on one of the main routes into our city.

“Please be reassured that we have specialist teams carrying out enquiries and we have also deployed additional resources throughout tonight and the weekend.

“These officers are there for you, if you have any concerns or information that might help the investigation, I’d urge you to speak to them.”

Those who can assist them with the enquiries, please contact 101 or use their online reporting tool by quoting incident 1010 of 18 March.

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