Detectives determined to solve Sheffield murder

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Detectives investigating a Sheffield shooting in which a young man died are still working around the clock in a bid to identify the killer - six weeks on from the gun attack.

Aseel Al-Essaie, aged 23, was gunned down in Daniel Hill, Upperthorpe, six weeks ago.

With the shooting believed to have been a 'targeted attack,' detectives are now looking into Aseel's personal life and establishing his network of friends, relatives and associates in a bid to find a possible motive for the killing.

Aseel had just pulled up for a family gathering to celebrate his twin sister's engagement when he was shot in his chest.

A car believed to have been used by the gunman, a grey-silver Volkswagen Golf, with the registration number PJ10 OJU, sped off from the scene and was later dumped and torched in Rough Lane, Wortley, Barnsley.

Nine arrest have been made over the shooting, with three men, aged 22, 29 and 32, held on suspicion of murder before being bailed pending further enquiries.

Two boys aged 15 and 16, along with a 30-year-old man, were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder and a 29-year-old man and two women, aged 23 and 57, were held on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Today, Detective Chief Inspector Steve Whittaker, who is leading the hunt for the killer, said he is confident that justice will be served.

"Arrests have been made and there is still work ongoing in connection to those. I am confident that we will achieve a positive outcome," he said.

"As it stands at the moment we believe this was a targeted attack but we are still keeping an open mind. Was he in the wrong place at the wrong time?

"It is very much a live investigation and we are looking into his background, his family, friends and associates for anything which would help us establish why someone would want to kill him."

He said Sheffield remains a safe place to live.

"We are doing everything we can to find the perpetrator and the firearm used," he said.

"Firearm offences are still very rare and Sheffield remains a safe place to live but we can never discount someone having a firearm and we are working tirelessly on this case.

"We have made several significant arrests and there could be further arrests in the future."

He said Aseel's family was 'traumatised' at the murder.

"His family is traumatised - it's always difficult to lose a son, brother or grandson but in this way is horrendous," he added.

Detectives want to hear from witnesses or anyone with information on the killing which could help crack the case.

Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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