A man was left bleeding after he was hit over his head with a gun during a carjacking in Rotherham.
The 42-year-old had pulled up at a bottle bank close to Fosters Garden Centre on Doncaster Road, Thrybergh, when he was approached by five men wearing balaclavas.
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They threatened him and demanded the key to his black Vauxhall Zafira.
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South Yorkshire Police said the victim fled and heard the sound of gunfire but escaped without being shot.
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Detective Constable Christian Dixon, of South Yorkshire Police, said: "One of the suspects, is said to have threatened the victim with a firearm, hitting him over the head with it, leaving him with substantial cuts to his head.
"The victim then ran from the area, heading towards Herringthorpe.
"As he left the area, he reports hearing shots fired. He was not injured as a result of the firearm discharge."
He added: "The offenders took the man’s car during the incident and enquiries are ongoing to try and identify them and trace the vehicle. I fully appreciate this incident will cause concern amongst the local community and I’d like to reassure you that this investigation is an absolute priority for us.
"Enquiries in the area continue and we will be carrying out a CCTV trawl over the coming days as we work to gather evidence and identify those involved.
"What I would like to ask is that anyone who heard anything suspicious, or who has any information, to get in contact with us."
Anyone with information about the incident at 12.45am yesterday should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 and quote incident number 44 of July 9.
Crimestoppers can also be contacted, anonymously, on 0800 555111.